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Silica Aerogel made from Incineration Ashes for Absorbing Oil from Water

Silica Aerogel made from Incineration Ashes for Absorbing Oil from Water_pic1 Ng Yong Xin Elizabeth, Steven Sebastian Hu, Teoh Yu Siang Darryl, Koo Yi Jia working on R& D work of aerogel project

Silica Aerogel made from Incineration Ashes for Absorbing Oil from Water_pic2 Prototypes of aerogel products for palm oil absorption

Oil spillage and oily wastewater are becoming more and more serious and threatening the environments worldwide. Silica aerogel with hydrophobic and oleophillic properties has been identified as a potential material for oil absorption and can be used to absorb different oils. In this project, we fabricate super hydrophobic silica aerogel from incineration bottom ashes by a chemical treatment process followed by the low-cost sol-gel and ambient drying processes. The fabricated silica aerogel demonstrates excellent superior water repellency, super oleophillicity to different oils, outstanding absorption capacity and reusability. Due to its low density, super hydrophobicity, reduced cost, and excellent oil absorption properties, we foresee that the silica aerogel can be used as a promising material for oil-spill clean-up.

Project Video


TEAM MEMBERS:

Steven Sebastian Hu

Teoh Yu Siang Darryl

Koo Yi Jia

Ng Yong Xin Elizabeth

DIPLOMA:

Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business

INDUSTRY PARTNER:

Dashley InnoTech Pte Ltd

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