Selected Recent Research Articles

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Book on chemical enhanced oil recovery published in 2019

Raffa, P.*, Peixoto, C. S. P., da Costa, P. F. A., Polgar, L. M., Machado, A. V., Hough, P., & van Duin, M. Optimization of hybrid oil/water-swelling ethylene/propylene/diene monomer compounds. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2020, online (open access)

N. Migliore, F. Picchioni, P. Raffa*; The effect of macromolecular structure on the rheology and surface properties of amphiphilic random Polystyrene-r-Poly(meth)acrylate copolymers prepared by RDRP, Soft Matter, 2020,  Soft Matter, 16, 2836-2846. online

F. den Hoed , A. Pucci , F. Picchioni , P. Raffa*; Design of a pH-responsive conductive nanocomposite based on MWCNTs stabilized in water by amphiphilic block copolymers. Nanomaterials, 2019, 9(10), 1410, online (pre-published version in preprints)

E. Araya-Hermosilla, M.R. Abbing, J. Catalan-Toledo, F. Oyarzun-Ampuero, A. Pucci, P. Raffa, F. Picchioni, I. Moreno-Villoslada; Synthesis of tuneable amphiphilic-modified polyketone polymers, their complexes with 5,10,15,20-tetrakis-(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin, and their role in the photooxidation of 1,3,5-triphenylformazan confined in polymeric nanoparticles, Polymer, 2019, 167, 215-223

F. Di Sacco, A. Pucci, P. Raffa* Versatile Multi-Functional Block Copolymers Made by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Post-Synthetic Modification: Switching from Volatile Organic Compound Sensors to Polymeric Surfactants for Water Rheology Control via Hydrolysis, Nanomaterials (Basel). 2019, 9(3), 458, online

Klemm, B., Picchioni, F., van Mastrigt, F., & Raffa, P. (2018). Starlike Branched Polyacrylamides by RAFT Polymerization-Part I: Synthesis and CharacterizationACS Omega, 3(12), 18762-18770, online

P. Druetta*, P. Raffa, F. Picchioni; Chemical enhanced oil recovery and the role of chemical product design. Applied Energy 252 (2019) 113480, online

Polgar, L. M., Fallani, F., Cuijpers, J., Raffa*, P., Broekhuis, A., van Duin, M., & Picchioni, F. (2019). Water-swellable elastomers: synthesis, properties and applications. Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 35(1), 45-72, online


Druetta, P., Raffa, P., & Picchioni, F. (2018). Plenty of Room at the Bottom: Nanotechnology as Solution to an Old Issue in Enhanced Oil RecoveryApplied Sciences, 8(12), [2596], online

Noordergraaf, I., Fourie, T. K., & Raffa, P. (2018). Free-Radical Graft Polymerization onto Starch as a Tool to Tune Properties in Relation to Potential Applications: A ReviewProcesses, 6(4), 31, online

Raffa, P., Broekhuis, A. A., & Picchioni, F. (2016). Polymeric surfactants for enhanced oil recovery: A reviewJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 145, 723-733, online

Raffa, P., Wever, D. A. Z., Picchioni, F., & Broekhuis, A. A. (2015). Polymeric Surfactants: Synthesis, Properties, and Links to ApplicationsChemical reviews, 115(16), 8504-8563, online

Review Articles

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