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Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council - Nano-sorbents able to remove pollutions caused by oil derivatives

Credit - Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC)Iranian chemists have employed nanotechnology to produce sorbents, which can easily adsorb organic pollutants created by oil derivatives

Interestingly the sorbents are biocompatible and are produced through a simple and cheap methodology.  Nowadays organic solvents are currently used in large quantities in various industries - including petrochemicals, chemicals and textiles.  Unfortunately, increasing environmental pollution effects, due to use of these solvents in various aspects is a reason for the researchers to carry out research on the elimination of the solvents.

Objective of the research was to synthesise polymeric gels to be employed as the sorbent of organic solvents, in a way that they ensure to combine the unique properties of polymeric gels and Carbon nanotubes (CNT).

The synthesised sorbents can adsorb oil products and their derivatives - including organic solvents.  The sorbents can be employed in upstream oil projects and the related petrochemicals that produce the derivatives or use them, which produce waste water.

Advantages of the synthesised sorbents is high sorption capacity and rate, ease of separation from the polluted area after the sorption, low production cost and simple synthesis method, reusability and biocompatibility.

As claimed by the researchers, the surface of CNT has been functionalised in this research in a way that it takes part in polymerisation reactions, and it is used besides hydrophobic monomers in the synthesis of organogel nano-composites.  The ability of the synthesised organogels in the sorption of organic solvents with different polarity was investigated afterwards. [1] Original article available here

The above research continues to highlight the potential of nanotechnology and CNT for positive environmental pollution effects.  As stated previously, DCN Corp strongly believes it can compete. Going forward, if you and/or your colleagues are interested in making collaborating - please ensure to contact the company as soon as practicably possible.

[1] Journal of Polymer Science Part A - Polymer Chemistry 52, 22, 3166-3172 (2014)