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:1/11/2017)... 11, 2017 Intoxalock, a leading ignition interlock ... of its patent-pending calibration device. With this new technology, ... securely upload data logs and process repairs at service ... "Fighting drunk driving through the application of cutting-edge ... large, but also for the customer who can get ...
(Date:1/6/2017)...  Delta ID Inc., a leader in consumer-grade iris ... at CES® 2017. Delta ID has collaborated with Gentex ... use of iris scanning as a secure, reliable and ... a car, and as a way to elevate the ... Delta ID and Gentex will demonstrate (booth #7326 LVCC) ...
(Date:12/22/2016)... , Dec. 20, 2016  As part of its longstanding ... leading personal genetics company, recently released its latest children,s book, ... The book focuses on the topics of inheritance and variation ... Standards (NGSS) taught in elementary school classrooms in the US. ... series by illustrator Ariana Killoran , whose previous book ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... AxioMed will be presenting its viscoelastic cervical ... Montego Bay, Jamaica from January 26-28th. “We’re excited to be presenting the benefits ... the simplicity of the surgical technique,” said Jake Lubinski, President of AxioMed. ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... G&L Scientific Inc, a leading provider ... ), has announced the opening of new offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, strengthening and ... This is the latest step in G&L’s expansion of its global clinical consulting ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... our ongoing endeavors to bring to market a pioneering medical device for the ... has signed an engagement contract with Emergo, a global regulatory consultancy that helps ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... BOULDER, Colo. , Jan. 20, 2017 ... ("Bioptix" or the "Company"), announced that on January 14, ... a plan under which the Company will terminate certain ... subsidiary, Bioptix Diagnostics, Inc.  The Company commenced terminations on ... completed within 30 days.  The Company may pay severance ...
Breaking Biology Technology: