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Nanotechnology applied to oil spills

According to a recent post appeared on the Christian Science Monitor,  BP received around 31,600 suggestions from people around the world on how to cap the well and clean up the crisis caused by the BP oil spill. It seems that, of the 31,600 ideas, 8,000 have been submitted on paper. Among the solutions proposed there are very short-tempered or imaginative options like the destruction of the well with nuclear and conventional explosives or giant vacuum systems inspired in Kevin Costner movie Waterworld.

From Nanobugle, we propose nanotechnology base solutions similar to the recent work published in Advanced Materials by a team of the Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology (Department of Mechanical Engineering) at Tsinghua University and the Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Peking University.

The Chinese group created a porous, sponge-like bulk material of self-assembled CNTs that might be used at an ocean spill to attract oil. The CNT-sponge expands to hold nearly 200 times its weight and 800 times the volume of the stuff, moves automatically towards higher concentrations of the oil and can be squeezed clean. Furthermore it can be reused repeatedly because, apparently. these sponges show no strength degradation after compression at a set strain of 60% for 1000 cycles.


June 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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