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Wednesday, January 19 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Extracting Heavy Oils Efficiently Using Janus Particles

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Extracting Heavy Oils Efficiently Using Janus Particles We all know that the world is running out of the most important fuel source, Oil. What we don't know is that most of the oil is still in the ground. It is in the form of heavy oil, which is any type of crude oil that does not flow easily. It is referred to as "heavy" because its density is higher than the density of light crude oil. There is more than double the amount of Heavy oil that there is conventional oil. Well, why don’t we just get the heavy oils out? It is a little more complicated than that, because you see, it is very costly to extract the oils and it’s also not very environmentally-friendly. The purpose of my project was to create a compound that we can use to extract the heavy oils in a more efficient and environmentally-friendly way. In my project we are using ZrP-PNIPAM with Janus particle emulsions to create that compound. My hypothesis was that if we use ZrP-PNIPAM as Janus particles, they will stabilize oil-water emulsions depending on their temperature. So, by controlling the temperature we will be able to attract or release the oil. The independent variable was the ZrP-PNIPAM, the dependent variable was the percentage of exfoliation, and the controlled variable was the amount of TBAOH added. In conclusion, we have prepared the ZrP PNIPAM and have exfoliated it using TBAOH. We have also tested it using Mineral oil and the results came out positively. This compound will be more efficient than the current methods because it is environmentally-friendly and cost effective. It is environmentally-friendly due to the fact that it can be reused over and over without losing its chemical structure and the initial chemicals used are eco-friendly


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Wednesday January 19, 2011 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Glass Oaks Main Floor - Side Wing