Enhanced oil recovery and household laundry—more alike than you might think
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and household laundering differ greatly in scale but have similar mechanisms and technical requirements. A senior staff research engineer with Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., USA, who received the AOCS 2013 Samuel Rosen Memorial Award describes the similarities as well as some of the subtle differences.
Designing surfactant-only formulations for a high-salinity and tight reservoir
Injecting mature oil wells with surfactants and other chemicals is one way to enhance oil recovery, but high-saline environments and tight reservoirs pose additional challenges. Read about some of the specialized formulations that are being developed for such situations.
Could panda gut microbes power the next-generation biorefinery?
Researchers investigate whether integrating panda gut microbes into a biofuels platform could help reduce costs associated with producing second-generation biofuels.
Seven new biobased surfactant technologies
New technologies are making it easier than ever to make products from nonfood feedstocks. Inform takes a look at the key attributes of seven novel biobased surfactant technologies.
Production of value-added co-products in industrial oilseeds
Scientists describe their work with the biopolymer polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and explain why it makes it an ideal co-product for oilseeds with applications in the nutrition and industrial markets.
Ultrasound in palm oil milling: a paradigm shift for a traditional process
Read how the benefits of ultrasound application in industrial plants—including increased yield of oil from fresh fruit bunches, enhanced throughput, and reduced waste solids and energy consumption—are being quantified.
Engineered oilseed crops with fish oil DHA levels
Engineering marine oils into land plants has been a long-standing goal of oilseed bioengineers. Researchers at Australia’s national science agency provide an update on the progress that has been made with respect to the most challenging long-chain ω-3 fatty acid: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
The use of carboxylate surfactants to enhance deinking in flotation processing during paper recycling
In the United States alone, about 45 million tons (41 million metric tons) of paper and paperboard are recycled each year. A chemical engineering professor sheds new light on the process used to remove the ink.
Do oil color scales make you see red . . . or yellow?
Color measurement is a critical aspect of oil quality. Learn how selecting and communicating the correct color scale can eliminate confusion and costly misunderstandings.