US researchers rewarded for advancing biocatalysts

November 07 2008 / by Garry Golden
Category: Environment   Year: 2014   Rating: 2

The U.S. DOE Savannah River National Laboratory has received an award for its patent-pending BioTiger™ biocatalyst that is capable of cleaning up polluted environments and enhancing recovery efforts from non-conventional hydrocarbon deposits such as Canada’s oil tar sands.

Biocatalysts coming of age
The BioTiger catalyst started eight years ago when researchers applied micro-based solutions to cleaning up a century-old Polish waste lagoon filled with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals.

More recent efforts to expand applications of the catalyst found that it can be applied directly to cleaning up surface areas covered with oil residues on concrete slabs and building foundations.

BioTiger™ has also been shown to increase oil recovery from non-conventional hydrocarbon supplies without added chemicals. Researchers believe that an enhanced oil recovery from tar sands and oil shales could maximize capacity and minimize environmental impact in an otherwise energy intensive and dirty processes.

Press Release

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About the Award
Nanotech Briefs awarded SRNL’s BioTiger™ a spot on its fourth annual Nano 50™ list, described as the top 50 technologies, innovators and products expected to revolutionize the industry. Nanotechnology deals with structures 100 nanometers or smaller (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter roughly the width of three or four atoms). Nanotech Briefs will present the awards during the National Nano Engineering Conference, Nov. 12-13 in Boston. For more information, visit

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