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Bioremediation of Produced Water
Bridger Martin presented a poster on his work on the bioremediation of produced aters at the Fall 2016 meeting of the Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. There was much interest in his work, and he received first place in the competition for “Best Poster by a Graduate Student.”
Center Board Members present at the 2016 Membrane Technology Conference
Ming Li and Jonathan Brant recently presented their work at the 2016 American Water Works Association and the American Membrane Technology Association Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition in San Antonio, TX. This presentation covered their work to date on synthesizing next-generation membranes for thermally driven desalination applications. The focus of this work is to develop membranes whose properties are tailored to the unique requirements of thermal applications (mechanically robust, high flux and selectivity). Their intended application is desalinating high-salinity produced waters for which traditional membrane processes are impractical. Imogolite nanotubes are aluminum silicate nanostructures that are expected to overcome many of the limitations of carbon nanotubes to form composite structures. The nanotubes are expected to improve the mechanical strength of thin polymeric films while also enhancing water transport. Together these properties will result in robust membranes that can withstand the rigors of thermal systems with water fluxes that are superior to existing membranes.
251st American Chemical
Society National Meeting
William Bellamy and Jonathan Brant presented their work on the recovery of rare earth elements from oil and gas produced waters at the 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, CA in the session titled Environmental Aspects of Unconventional Oil & Gas Production and Hydraulic Fracturing. This presentation, which was titled Deriving Value from Produced Waters, covered their work to date on establishing a economic and sustainability model from which to determine the benefits that may be derived from treating produced waters as opposed to down hole disposal. This framework is set within the context of extraction and resale of rare earth elements and other precious metals from produced waters. Preliminary data on the concentrations of these materials in produced waters in Wyoming is also presented.