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Magnetic oxides provide alternative to clean up oil spills

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2019

Researchers in Germany developed functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles that can attract hydrocarbons. They are working with industry partners to transfer the concept to real-world oil spill cleanup operations.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 9, 2015

Sodium-ions in a standard battery format, new form of iron oxide has surprising characteristics, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 9, 2015.

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Cement usage still coming under fire for role in Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill

By / October 28, 2010

Credit: Coast Guard. I wrote about this issue back in May and June, and now the lead investigator of the presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf has delivered to commissioners a letter that asserts that Halliburton staffers knew there were problems in the cement mixture used to line the drill…

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Materials stories that missed the cut this week

By / July 30, 2010

At the end of each week, I end up with a list of a bunch of stories I started to write about, or started to investigate or didn’t even get that far even though the topic looked intriguing, but, I had a meeting to go to . . . Anyway, it’s Friday, and rather than…

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Iowa State Portland cement expert provide some insights on Deepwater Horizon oil well failure

By / June 18, 2010

A Portland cement concrete research engineer at Iowa State University says poor decision making, not poor technology, doomed the Deepwater Horizon. Bob Steffes, ISU’s Institute for Transportation, bases his conclusions on 17 years of overseas oil rig experience, including a blowout on an offshore well in the Middle East. In a release from the university,…

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Pitt’s Gao demonstrates new oil–water filtration system for possible Deepwater Gulf spill usage

By / June 9, 2010

Back in November, I wrote about the work of Di Gao, an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, regarding mimicking the action of lotus leaves to create self-cleaning coatings that could be applied to anything from windows to warehouses. One of Gao’s applications is a superhydrophobic silica nanoparticle–polymer coating that…

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Cement failures, lack of regulations coming under scrutiny in Gulf oil spill

By / May 24, 2010

The AP is reporting that there have been numerous problems and failures related to the use of cement in sealing oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. One current theory is the the Deepwater Horizon spill also may have been caused by problems with cement. And, apparently federal regulators never set standards about what type…

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CWRU’s Aeroclay aerogel has ability to soak up oil spills

By / May 5, 2010

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cwruaerogel_oil_absorber.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/cwruaerogel_oil_absorber.jpg}] I’ve written before about the work of David Schiraldi’s aerogel research group at Case Western Reserve University. With much of North and Central America focused on the BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s worth noting that Schiraldi and his team have had success in developing prototypes of special…

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