An affordable, environmentally-friendly method of measuring toxic acids in oil sands tailings ponds
What is it about?
The Alberta oil sands industry creates large volumes of water that are held in dyke systems called tailings ponds. One important type of contaminant in the water is called naphthenic acids. We have developed a method of extracting, separating and analyzing naphthenic acids in tailings pond water that uses environmentally friendly solvents and results in about 1 microlitre of waste.
Why is it important?
Naphthenic acids and oil sands process water are known to be extremely difficult to analyze. Our paper is one of the first works describing how to separate naphthenic acids using high voltage electroseparation (CE). Our technique uses nanolitres of solvents which means it is green and has the low impact on the environment and high potential for scaling up.
The following have contributed to this page: Mr Matthew Simon MacLennan