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Electrospun polymer fibres better than non-woven polymer fibres at mopping up oil from oil spills


Electrospun polystyrene shell/polyurethane core fibres made by scientists in China have absorption capacities 2-3 times higher than reported for non-woven polypropylene fibres (widely used to clean up oil spills). Electrospun fibres are an ideal candidate for soaking up oil, as their structure ...


IEA releases February Oil Market Report

Report slightly lowers estimate of 2013 global oil demand following IMF move


Crude oil futures breached nine-month highs in early February, propelled by stronger economic signals from China and the United States, robust financial market activity and cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere, the IEA said in its February Oil Market Report. The report slightly lowered its ...


Distribution agreement across Asia between DKSH and Tagra


KSH Business Unit Performance Materials was appointed as distributor for Tagra’s range of encapsulated actives, oils and pigments. The products are developed and produced by applying Tagra’s manufacturing technology, RND™ (Release On Demand), which seals each micro-capped ingredient from chemical ...


BASF subsidiary Wintershall and Statoil agree on asset swap

Companies swap stakes in the North Sea oil and gas fields Brage, Vega, Gjøa and Edvard Grieg - Wintershall substantially expands production in Norway


BASF Group company Wintershall is substantially expanding its production and reserves of oil and gas in the North Sea. Through an asset swap, Wintershall will receive from the Norwegian Statoil ASA shares in the three producing fields Brage (32.7 percent), Gjøa (15 percent) and Vega (30 percent), ...


Nanosponges soak up oil again and again

Rice, Penn State nanotube blocks show promise for environmental cleanup, among many uses


Researchers at Rice University and Penn State University have discovered that adding a dash of boron to carbon while creating nanotubes turns them into solid, spongy, reusable blocks that have an astounding ability to absorb oil spilled in water. That's one of a range of potential innovations for ...


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