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Oil Spill Cleanup using Raw Kapok as the Sorbent Material

Nordin, Nur Aqilah (2013) Oil Spill Cleanup using Raw Kapok as the Sorbent Material. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A natural and biodegradable material that has good oil absorbtivity, high durability and reusability is one of the most demanded materials in the industry nowadays. It is believed to have potential to replace polypropylene function as the commercialized sorbent. One of material that suits this function is kapok fibre or commonly known as cotton. Using kapok, decomposition process, which always become an issue when dealing with polypropylene, is no more a problem. The nature of Kapok will allow it to decompose naturally without any harm threat to the environment. Besides, kapok has fibrous microstructure that becomes the key factor to absorb oil efficiently. Without any chemical modification, it can absorb significant amount of oil like polypropylene. This project was conducted to evaluate kapok capacity as the natural sorbent in terms of application. A series of test was done to analyze the surface microstructure, sorption capacity, dynamic oil retention and its reusability. Two experimental setups are prepared for sorption and desorption analysis. Findings of this paper are found base on the weight of oil recovered and HPLC test for seawater composition. It is believed that this project can prove the potential of Kapok as sorbent for oil spill cleanup at the end of this paper.

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Chemical Engineering - Ionic Liquid
Subject: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Engineering > Chemical
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 11:07
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2013 11:07
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/8397

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