Decomposition of Crude Oil using Expanded Polylactic Acid/TiO2 nanocomposite
Aditya Biswas, Shadman Hossain
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Expanded Polylactic acid (EPLA) is a bio-based biodegradable polymer that can be produced from renewable resources such as sugar cane or corn starch. It is also an environmental friendly medium for supporting catalyst such as uncoated titanium dioxide (TiO2) which could be used to treat crude oil spills by speeding up the degradation of crude oil. The EPLA/TiO2 are used since EPLA is environmentally friendly and the TiO2 is essentially non-toxic. The EPLA is used for its low density and its susceptibility to oxidation which allow the bead foams to float on water and degrade relatively quickly over time.