The petroleum engineer is often at the mercy of the chemical manufacturer when deciding which products to use during which phase of the production operation. However, choosing the wrong chemical could lead to cost overruns and a serious loss in production. Petroleum Engineer's Guide to Oil Field Fluids provides petroleum engineers with the necessary information for the selection and application of oil field chemicals.


A compilation of literature spanning over 20,000 references, chemicals are ordered according to workflow. Condensed for readability, this manual provides users with information on oil field chemicals such as drilling muds, corrosion inhibitors gelling agents, scale inhibitors and bacteria control. The manual also includes cutting edge chemical and polymers such as water soluble polymers, viscosity control – enhanced, microencapsulation, thickeners, recycling additives, lubrication, surfactants, workover and completion fluids, surfactants for flooding techniques, environmental protection chemicals, and green chemicals alternative construction materials.


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About the author

Johannes Fink

Johannes Fink is a Professor of Polymer Chemistry at Montanuniversität Leoben in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Fink teaches macromolecular chemistry. His career spans for more than thirty years in the field of polymers, including characterization, flame retardancy and pyrolysis of polymers. Johannes has published multiple books and articles, including Petroleum Engineer’s Guide to Oil Field Chemicals and Fluids, 2nd Edition, Water-Based Chemicals and Technology for Drilling, Completion, and Workover Fluids and Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Fluids Technology, all published by Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Polymer Chemistry, Montanuniversität Leoben, Vienna, Austria


"If you are new to oil field chemicals or just not technically inclined, this book is a good first reference that introduces the what, where, how, and why of the chemicals that are used in the oil field. The book is designed for engineers; however, it would be useful for anyone not familiar with the topic in order to frame the chemistry that is applied in oil recovery." --AOCS, Inform, May 2012