Category: petrochemicals

Method for converting lignin biomass to aromatic compounds using a novel mesoporous acid catalyst. 

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The current invention is a method for using inexpensive and widely available silica nanoparticles as a fluid loss prevention agent and nanoproppant to maintain micro-fractures during hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract oil or natural gas from a variety of geological formations.  

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KU research has identified combinations of surfactants and polyelectrolyte nanoparticles that improve the stability of CO2 foam for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

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KU research specifies a sustainable and economical method of cultivating algae in municipal wastewater and converting it into high quality biocrude oil and calcium orthophosphate materials commonly used as biomedical substrates in dental and bone applications. 

This invention is a novel catalyst made up of a support, a linker, and a ruthenium catalyst nanoparticle. The invention covers not only synthesis of the catalyst but also methods of performing hydrogenolysis with the catalyst.


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