IIT Guwahati develops fibre to separate oil from water

New Delhi:

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have developed a fibre that can easily separate oil from water. IIT Guwahati on Tuesday said it has developed a fibre that can separate oil from water. This will help in tackling marine pollution caused by oil spills. Vaibhav Gaur, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, said that a cotton fibre with silica nanoparticles covering has been developed using rice husk.

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Vaibhav, a professor at IIT Guwahati, said the research was aimed at converting agricultural waste into a useful value-added product for the abatement of marine oil pollution. Gaur, who co-authored the paper with Sutapa Das, said oil spills caused by industrial waste or accidents cause irreparable damage to the aquatic ecosystem and skimming or fire-fighting methods prove to be ineffective, costly and cause further pollution.

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"Our technology has many benefits for the environment. Rice bran is an agricultural by-product and contains silica. It is usually run in an unscientific manner, resulting in air pollution. But with our technology, this husk can be converted into thread sauberant, which can reduce oil contamination.

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