IIT-Guwahati Researchers Develops Device To Separate Oil From Water
GUWAHATI: Research Scholars from IIT-Guwahati have developed a device that can continuously separate oil from water by strategic use of fish-scale and lotus-leaf inspired membranes.
The team developed the system of materials by combining the lotus leaf-inspired super-water repellence and fish scale-mimicked underwater super-oil repellence.
The team then developed a prototype of oil-water separation device using these membranes so that the separated oil and water were simultaneously collected in different containers.
Uttam Manna, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Guwahati said, "Oil-water separation is of current relevance because many industries, such as mining, textiles, food and petrochemicals, produce massive volumes of oily wastewater, which must be treated before discharge."
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