Navigation Links
CCNY-led team develops non-toxic oil recovery agent
Date:7/14/2010

A team of chemists led by Dr. George John, Associate Professor at The City College of New York (CCNY), have developed a non-toxic, recyclable agent that can solidify oil on salt water so that it can be scooped up like the fat that forms on the top of a pot of chilled chicken soup. The agent could potentially be used to recover oil lost in the British Petroleum (BP) spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Professor John said.

In the laboratory, Professor John and colleagues added a sugar compound mixed in alcohol to diesel oil floating on top of a saline solution. "Within five minutes, the oil had gelled into a substance thick enough to be scooped up," he said. Then the team separated 80 percent of the oil from the gel using a vacuum distillation process.

The gelling agent developed by his team is environmentally benign. It uses a sugar-based molecule that can be obtained from renewable sources and is biodegradable. In addition, only a relatively small amount of the agent five percent of the volume of the oil being recovered is required for the process, which handles a range of oil from crude to vegetable oil, to work.

The BP oil spill, which began April 24, has been pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of 40,000 barrels per day. Current clean-up methods, which have been in use for more than 40 years, include burning, skimming oil and using chemical dispersants. The latter can be toxic to marine life and may have unknown long-term cumulative effects on the environment, Professor John pointed out.


'/>"/>

Contact: Ellis Simon
esimon@ccny.cuny.edu
212-650-6460
City College of New York
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Harvards Wyss Institute develops technology to produce sugar from photosynthetic bacteria
2. ISU researcher develops green, bio-based process for producing fuel additive
3. Military develops multi-purpose green decontaminants for terrorist attack sites
4. CSIRO develops highest-yielding salt-tolerant wheat
5. Tiny gold probes give scientists a sense of how disease develops
6. University of the Basque Country develops system for identifying illnesses in Paraguay
7. New strategy develops 2 prototype drugs against cancer, retinal diseases
8. Scripps research team develops technique to determine ethnic origin of stem cell lines
9. Duke develops nano-scale drug delivery for chemotherapy
10. GSU professor develops new method to help keep fruit, vegetables and flowers fresh
11. Epigentek Develops a New Method of Measuring Global DNA Methylation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/19/2017)... ALBANY, New York , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... highly competitive, as its vendor landscape is marked by ... in the market is however held by five major ... and Safran. Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% ... majority of the leading companies in the global military ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... , April 13, 2017 According to a ... Identity Authentication, Identity Analytics, Identity Administration, and Authorization), Service, Authentication Type, Deployment ... the IAM Market is expected to grow from USD 14.30 Billion in ... Rate (CAGR) of 17.3%. ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 NXT-ID, ... security technology company, announces the appointment of independent Directors Mr. ... to its Board of Directors, furthering the company,s corporate ... ... NXT-ID, we look forward to their guidance and benefiting from ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Jayson Lusk, a consummate communicator who promotes ... media to advocate for science, as he explains how innovation and growth in ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... Myrtle Beach, SC (PRWEB) , ... April 26, ... ... for the mind, has teamed up with NASA to showcase the future of ... NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft and includes a guest ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... ... and North America this May on the following dates: , ... H. Taylor, Chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute will be the ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... Franz ... Lisp (CL) development tools, and market leader for Semantic Graph Database ... now available within the most effective system for developing and deploying applications to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: