Researchers Developing Nano-Scale Carbon ‘Scavengers’ As Solution for Oil Spills

satellite photo of oil spill in the Timor Sea

Oil spills like this one in 2009 north of Australia are the target of new clean up research.

ISTC is part of a multidisciplinary team awarded a research seed grant from the University’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) to develop carbon nano particles (CNP) as a more environmentally friendly technique for cleaning up oil spills.

 

ISTC Senior Research Engineer B.K. Sharma and Dipanjan Pan, director of the University of Illinois Master of Engineering in Bioinstrumentation Program and assistant professor in Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, will lead a U of I team which was just awarded $85.000 a year for two years by the University’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) to develop CNP as a cleanup strategy for hydrocarbon spills on land and sea.

 

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