A novel filtration material developed at the University of Saskatchewan as part of a PhD thesis may offer a green solution to contaminated oilsands process water.
Mohamed Hamid Mohamed's PhD thesis research placed among the top 12 national finalists honoured by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) at the 2011 Innovation Challenge Awards in Ottawa.
The awards honour graduate students who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by identifying ways in which their research thesis results can be developed into products and processes to benefit Canadians.
Mohamed is investigating ways to remove corrosive acids from oilsands process water. His project, the only finalist project not already at the commercialization stage, was deemed by the judges to show great potential.
Crude oil contains naphthenic acids which lead to corrosion problems in oil refineries, so the oil must be washed and the waste water cannot be reused.
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