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Oil Spill Cleanup: Smart Filter Can Strain Oil Out of Water

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— A smart filter with a shape-shifting surface can separate oil and water using gravity alone, an advancement that could be useful in cleaning up environmental oil spills, among other applications, say its University of Michigan developers.

The system could provide a more efficient way to remove crude oil from waterways without using additional chemical detergents, or even after detergents have been added, said Anish Tuteja, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. Tuteja is the corresponding author of a paper on the research published in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature Communications.

The researchers created a filter coating that repels oil but attracts water, bucking conventional materials’ properties. Most natural substances soak up oil, and the few that repel it also repel water because water has a higher surface tension. (more…)

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Canola Oil Industry Cooking in Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Canola can now be grown profitably in Michigan, thanks to Michigan State University.

Canola, which has potential as biofuel and cooking oil, is considered a high-value crop with seeds comprised of more than 40 percent oil. When compared to soybeans, which have 18 percent oil, and corn, which yields a mere 4 percent, canola stood out to MSU researchers as a key crop to help boost Michigan’s economy.

In 2008, MSU launched the Canola Project. The effort brought together farmers, biofuel production experts, and MSU professors and extension agents to help establish Michigan as one of the nation’s leaders in this field. By exploring the production and refinement of canola oil, the initiative aims to lessen dependence on foreign oil and strengthen Michigan’s rural economies. (more…)

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