Thermo-Reversible Phase Selective Sorbent Xenogels for Oil Spill Containment

Michael Rogers (Inventor)

Research output: Innovation

Abstract

<span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> </span> <p class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;margin-left: 0px;text-indent: 0px;"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> Invention Summary: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Waterways are a major mode of transport for the world’s petrochemical supply. Although there are tremendous benefits and necessities for shipping over water, there are also risks as demonstrated by the over 30 significant oil spills. Current materials used to reclaim oil are subdivided into three primary categories: dispersants, sorbents and solidifiers. </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Dispersants are most commonly used where the material emulsifies the oil spill into small finely divided droplets which are dispersed into the environment. Sorbents are typically powders that selectively absorb the oil via capillary forces of the super--hydrophobic matrix. Solidifiers gel the material on the surface of the water. </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Researchers at Rutgers have discovered a highly effective sorbent material that adsorbs apolar, spilled materials in aqueous environments. These xenogels, being thermoreversible, allow both the spilled oil to be reclaimed and also the gelator may be reused to engineer new xenogels for oil spill containment and clean up. This environmentally benign gelator makes this technology one of the greenest technologies to contain and remove spilled oil from the environment. Experimental testing has shown that the xenogels, when placed in oil contaminated water, will increase their mass by 387 ± 21 % in only a few hours. Repeating the same test in water only leads to a 3.85% increase in the same time frame. </span> </p> <p class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;margin-left: 0px;text-indent: 0px;"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> Market Applications: </span> </p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc"> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Adsorption of apolar spilled materials in aqueous environment </span> </li> <ul style="list-style-type:disc"> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-style: Italic;font-size: 18.67px;"> Nitriles: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Acetonitriles </span> </li> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-style: Italic;font-size: 18.67px;"> Ketons: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Butanone, Acetone </span> </li> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-style: Italic;font-size: 18.67px;"> Ethers: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Polyethylene Glycol, Dimethyl Ether </span> </li> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-style: Italic;font-size: 18.67px;"> Aldehydes: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Formaldehyde(methanal), Butyraldehyde (butanal) </span> </li> </ul> </ul> <p class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> Advantages: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> </span> </p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc"> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Thermo-reversible allow the spilled oil to be reclaimed and the gelator may be reused to engineer new xenogels </span> </li> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Collection does not depend on environmental factors (i.e. temperature) </span> </li> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Green technology used to collect and contain spilled oil/gasoline in aqueous environments </span> </li> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Allows for easy separation of sorbent materials and collected oils </span> </li> </ul> <p class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> Intellectual Property &amp; Development Status: </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;color: #000000;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Patent pending </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> <br/> </span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-weight: bold;font-size: 18.67px;"> Relevant Publications: </span> </p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc"> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Rogers, M.A., Abraham, S., Bodondics, F., and Weiss, R.G. 2012. Positional Isomers of Hydroxyoctadecanoic Acid Molecular Gels and Dispersions Influence Crystallization Kinetics and Activation Energies. Crystal Growth &amp; Design. DOI: 10.1021/cg301071x </span> </li> <li class="NormalWeb" style="margin-top: 0px;margin-right: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;text-indent: 0px;font-family: 'Verdana';font-style: Normal;font-weight: normal;font-size: 16px;color: #000000;" > <span style="font-family: 'Arial';font-size: 18.67px;"> Gao, J., Wu, S., and Rogers, M.A. 2012. Harnessing Hansen Solubility Parameters To Predict Organogel Formation. Journal of Materials Chemistry. 22, 12651-12658. </span> <span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';font-size: 16px;"> </span> </li> </ul>
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

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oil spill
oil
dispersant
ether
gel
water
material
aldehyde
acetone
shipping
formaldehyde
activation energy
kinetic energy
droplet
solubility
crystallization
environmental factor
crystal
adsorption

Keywords

  • Biocompatible
  • Biodegradable
  • Oil Absorbtion

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Research output: Innovation

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