HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Unique two-part macroemulsion offers new approach to cleaning up contaminated aquifers

Environmental engineering researchers have developed a novel two-part approach for cleaning up toxic chlorinated solvents spilled into underground water supplies from former dry cleaning and industrial operations.

The patent-pending technique, which uses a macroemulsion composed of alcohol and food-grade surfactants, simultaneously reduces the density of the pollutant to keep it from sinking farther into the groundwater and helps separate it from soil particles so it can be flushed out. Known as "density modified displacement," the approach could cut the cost of environmental remediation by reducing both the time required for clean up and the amount of contaminated effluent that must be treated.

The technique was reported in the August 15 online version of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, and will be published in the journal's September 15th print issue. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan and the University of Oklahoma participated in the research, which was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"We're trying to make remediation of contaminated groundwater more efficient, because it is now largely driven by economics," said Kurt Pennell, an associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "The idea is to make this process so efficient that the cost of cleaning up a site is less expensive than traditional approaches which rely on groundwater extraction and long-term monitoring."

The technique offers a new approach to removing dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs), including tetrachloroethane (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE) and chlorobenzene (CB), heavier-than-water compounds. Relatively stable chemicals that don't readily degrade, their concentrations in groundwater must be kept to a few parts-per-billion (ppb) to meet environmental standards.

"A single 55-gallon drum of one of the compounds can con
'"/>

Contact: John Toon
john.toon@edi.gatech.edu
404-894-6986
Georgia Institute of Technology Research News
17-Sep-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Unique partnership between UH, FDA opens path for scientific exchange
2. Unique fleet of underwater vehicles to gather elusive environmental data
3. Unique feeding behavior discovered for snakes
4. Unique population of muscle stem cells found in mice
5. Unique social system found in famous Tsavo lions
6. Unique national park for orchids to be declared in Africa
7. Unique genetic alteration in presenilin 1 gene predisposes some Caribbean Hispanics to early-onset Alzheimers disease
8. Unique UNC study confirms suspected worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity
9. Scientists find just how discriminating a worm can be: Unique system of overlapping odor sensors discovered
10. Unique study reveals new details on how genes are transcribed
11. Unique international conference to focus on effectiveness, safety of medicinal herbs

Post Your Comments:
(Date:3/23/2015)... , March 23, 2015 SoundView Technology Group ... NXT-ID,s (NASDAQ: NXTD ) Wocket smart wallet. SoundView was one ... feedback on their experience with the Wocket in multiple scenarios ... CVS, Whole Foods and other retailers, making both debit and ... Tuttle also says, "If the company meets their plans ...
(Date:3/23/2015)... , Mar. 23, 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... on the growing mobile commerce market, announces its biometric payment ... campaign on CNBC television starting March 30 th . ... airing in New York markets. ... "We are excited about our new ad campaign following the ...
(Date:3/20/2015)... Conn. , March 20, 2015 NXT-ID, ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile ... smart wallet is one of the products featured in ... March 20th at 11:00 PM EST on the DIY ... to Las Vegas , site of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Technology Research Note Update from SoundView; Real-World Usage and Feedback of Wocket Smart Wallet at CVS, Whole Foods and other Retailers 2Technology Research Note Update from SoundView; Real-World Usage and Feedback of Wocket Smart Wallet at CVS, Whole Foods and other Retailers 3Technology Research Note Update from SoundView; Real-World Usage and Feedback of Wocket Smart Wallet at CVS, Whole Foods and other Retailers 4NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet to Launch New CNBC Regional TV Ad Campaign 2NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet to Launch New CNBC Regional TV Ad Campaign 3NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 2NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 3
(Date:5/4/2015)... 4, 2015   Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: ... 2015 financial results after the market closes on May ... that day at 5:30 PM ET to discuss the ... The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-346-3959 ... the "Intrexon Conference Call."  Participants may also access the ...
(Date:5/1/2015)... 1, 2015  Northwest Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: NWBO ) ... immune therapies for solid tumor cancers, announced today that ... tranche of a $40 million investment from Woodford investment ... invested $25 million in NW Bio on November 19, ... agreement with the Company for a further $40 million ...
(Date:5/1/2015)... , May 1, 2015 Pfenex ... engaged in the development of biosimilar therapeutics including ... today that its first quarter 2015 financial results ... before the open of market. At 8:30 am Eastern ... to discuss the financial results and provide a ...
(Date:5/1/2015)... May 1, 2015 Investor-Edge ... Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ: GENE ), Agilent Technologies ... Inc. (NYSE: TMO ), Sequenom Inc. (NASDAQ: ... PKI ). Free research report on Genetic Technologies ... Thursday, April 30, 2015, the NASDAQ Composite ended ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Intrexon to Announce First Quarter 2015 Financial Results on Monday, May 11, 2015 2NW Bio Closes On $28.5 Million Second Tranche Of Woodford $40 Million Financing 2NW Bio Closes On $28.5 Million Second Tranche Of Woodford $40 Million Financing 3Pfenex To Report First Quarter 2015 Results and Provide Business Update on Thursday, May 14, 2015 2Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 2Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 3Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 4Life Sciences Tools and Services Stocks on our Radar -- Genetic Technologies, Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sequenom, and PerkinElmer 5
Cached News: