Waste to want: polymer nanocomposites using nanoclays extracted from oil based drilling mud waste.
Adegbotolu, Urenna V.
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ADEGBOTOLU, U. V., NJUGUNA, J., POLLARD, P. and YATES, K., 2014. Waste to want: polymer nanocomposites using nanoclays extracted from oil based drilling mud waste. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 64, pp. 012023.
Due to the European Union (EU) waste frame work directive (WFD), legislations have been endorsed in EU member states such as UK for the Recycling of wastes with a vision to prevent and reduce landfilling of waste. Spent oil based drilling mud (drilling fluid) is a waste from the Oil and Gas industry with great potentials for recycling after appropriate clean-up and treatment processes. This research is the novel application of nanoclays extracted from spent oil based drilling mud (drilling fluid) clean-up as nanofiller in the manufacture of nanocomposite materials. Research and initial experiments have been undertaken which investigate the suitability of Polyamide 6 (PA6) as potential polymer of interest. SEM and EDAX were used to ascertain morphological and elemental characteristics of the nanofiller. ICPOES has been used to ascertain the metal concentration of the untreated nanofiller to be treated (by oil and heavy metal extraction) before the production of nanocomposite materials. The challenges faced and future works are also discussed.