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Mining Wastewater

April 16, 2016

Biosystems and agricultural engineering professor Nurhan Dunford and her team of researchers at Oklahoma State University have spent much of the past five years developing strains of algae that can be turned into biofuels and feedstocks for food or medicines.

Currently the researchers are studying strains of algae native to Oklahoma in hopes of finding the best algae and strongest mix of nutrients to clean oil-field wastewater. The researchers are studying both flowback water — mostly freshwater mixed with small amounts of chemicals and sand used for hydraulic fracturing – and produced water, ancient ocean remnants that are recovered from deep below the surface, along with oil and natural gas.

Visiting scientist Giovanni Lutzu relays the story.

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