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Fluorosurfactants are effective in a variety of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques including (i) improving
subterranean wetting, (ii) increasing foam stability, and (iii) modifying the surface properties of the reservoir formation.
While fluorosurfactants have been used in gas and oil exploration for four decades, the increased demand for petroleum
and the greater understanding of the benefits of fluorosurfactants have led to growing acceptance for fluorosurfactants
throughout the petroleum industry. This mini-review summarizes the published research for fluorosurfactants in
EOR from 1977 to 2007. The references in this mini-review are mostly patents (vs peer reviewed articles) and laboratory
models of the benefits of fluorosurfactants in EOR (vs actual oil and gas recovery experiments). This summary of the published
reports on fluorosurfactants in EOR provides petroleum scientists and engineers an overview of this emerging technology.