Paul Painter discusses his method of separating oil from sand after environmental disasters.
National Science Foundation (NSF) - May 20, 2013

Paul Painter, president and co-founder of IL Fuels LLC and a professor of polymer science and engineering in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Penn State University discusses his AIR project that uses ionic liquids to separate oil from sand after environmental disasters.


National Science Foundation-Funded Researchers Present Commercial-Ready Technologies to Industry
National Science Foundation (NSF) - May 20, 2013

For the first time in a national showcase setting, a group of National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees--who are funded through the Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) program--presented to industry representatives various technologies they believe are ready for commercialization.

On May 14 in Baltimore, Md., 10 investigators, whose research support came from the NSF Engineering Directorate's AIR Technology Translation program, introduced a system that uses ionic liquids to separate oil from sand, a new type of ....
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Research Offers Hope for More Efficient Oil Sand Industry
The New York Times - November 14, 2011

Several years ago, Paul Painter, a professor of polymer science at Pennsylvania State University, saw a news report about the deaths of hundreds of ducks that landed on a tailings pond near an oil sands mine in the Canadian province of Alberta. The ducks had become coated with residual petroleum floating on the pond, which was filled with wastewater from the process used to extract oil from the strip-mined sands....
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Liquid Salt Could Clean Up Canadian Tar Sand
Reuters - April 19, 2011

Despite being called "the world's most destructive project", the tar sand extraction fields in Alberta, Canada export over one million barrels of oil each day - mostly to the US. Greenpeace, National Geographic, and Canada's own governmental agencies consider Alberta's tar sands to be serious environmental threats, and I think you'd be hard pressed to find a reasonable person (these guys don't count) who has a lot of positive things to say about the tar sand oil's overall impact on the environment ...
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Liquid Salt Extracts Oil from Sand
DiscoveryNews - March 28, 2011

A more eco-friendly method for extracting oil and tar from sand has been developed by a group of researchers at Penn State University. Utilizing ionic liquids to separate heavy viscous oil from sand, the team's technique could help reduce toxic waste from surface-minded oil sands and aid clean-up efforts after oil spills.

Tar sands, also know as bituminous sands or oil sands, constitute approximately two-thirds of the world's estimated oil reserves. Canada is the world's major producer of the unconventional petroleum from tar sands, and the United States imports ...
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U.S. Researcher Touts Cleaner Oilsands Extraction Process
The Montreal Gazette - March 20, 2011

A new oil extraction method that could be used in Alberta’s oilsands and would eliminate the need for the environmentally hazardous tailings ponds responsible for the deaths of hundreds of ducks in the last few years has been developed by U.S. researchers.

Scientists at Penn State University say their closed system using ionic liquids — salt in a liquid state — to separate the heavy, viscous oil found in Western Canada from sand uses less energy...
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New Process Cleanly Extracts Oil from Tar Sands and Fouled Beaches
Science Daily - March 18, 2011

An environmentally friendlier method of separating oil from tar sands has been developed by a team of researchers at Penn State. This method, which utilizes ionic liquids to separate the heavy viscous oil from sand, is also capable of cleaning oil spills from beaches and ...
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New Method Extracts Oil from Tar Sands
UPI - March 16, 2011

U.S. researchers say they've come up with an environmentally friendly way of extracting oil from tar sands, a method that can also help in cleaning oil spills.

Scientists at Penn State say the method uses ionic liquids to separate heavy, viscous oil from sand, a university release reported Wednesday.

Tar sands, also known as bituminous sands or oil sands, represent about two-thirds ...
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