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Supergelators Hold Key to More Effective Oil Spill Cleanup
IBN’s smart oil-scavenging material forms 3D net to trap oil molecules

The IBN research team who invented the smart oil-scavenging material (clockwise from bottom left: Dr Changliang Ren, Dr Hong Wu, Dr Jie Shen, Dr Huaqiang Zeng and Prof Jackie Y. Ying). © Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

June 17, 2016 – Large-scale oil spills, where hundreds of tons of petroleum products are accidentally released into the oceans, not only have devastating effects on the environment, but have significant socio-economic impact as well.

Current techniques of cleaning up oil spills are not very efficient and may even cause further pollution or damage to the environment. These methods, which include the use of toxic detergent-like compounds called dispersants or burning of the oil slick, result in incomplete removal of the oil. The oil molecules remain in the water over long periods and may even be spread over a larger area as they are carried by wind and waves. Further, burning can only be applied to fresh oil slicks of at least 3 millimeters thick, and this process would also cause secondary environmental pollution.

In a bid to improve the technology utilized by cleanup crews to manage and contain such large spills, researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR have invented a smart oil-scavenging material or supergelators that could help clean up oil spills efficiently and rapidly to prevent secondary pollution.

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Professor Jackie Y. Ying Honored with The Cooper Union Alumni Award

June 3, 2016 – IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Y. Ying has been honored with The Cooper Union’s Gano Dunn Award and included in the Alumni Hall of Fame for her professional achievements in engineering. The award ceremony was held in New York City on June 2.

“The Cooper Union was special, not only because it offered full-tuition scholarships to all its undergraduate students, but also for its excellent faculty. I remembered professors like John Bové, who knew his chemistry so well that he could always lecture without any notes. He sparked my interest in research back in my first semester at Cooper Union. My alma mater has inspired me to make a difference through engineering and research. I have benefited immensely from Peter Cooper’s legacy, and I am deeply honored to receive the Gano Dunn Award,” said Prof Ying.

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New Material Kills E. Coli Bacteria in 30 Seconds

IBN researchers who developed the new antimicrobial material that can kill E. coli bacteria within 30 seconds (from left: Dr Yuan Yuan, Dr Siti Nurhanna Riduan and Dr Yugen Zhang) © Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

June 3, 2016 – Every day, we are exposed to millions of harmful bacteria that can cause infectious diseases, such as the E. coli bacteria. Now, researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR have developed a new material that can kill the E. coli bacteria within 30 seconds. This finding has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Small.

“The global threat of drug-resistant bacteria has given rise to the urgent need for new materials that can kill and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Our new antimicrobial material could be used in consumer and personal care products to support good personal hygiene practices and prevent the spread of infectious diseases,” said IBN Executive Director, Professor Jackie Y. Ying.

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IBN in the News

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New Find May Clear Marine Oil Spills Safely
The Straits Times, 17 Jun 2016

A*STAR Develops Material that can Clean Oil Spills More Effectively
Channel NewsAsia, 17 Jun 2016

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