Three Steps to a Better World: Cleaner Oil Discovery

Supported by a Lutchen Fellowship undergraduate research grant, Samir Ahmed, an electrical [...]engineering major, is developing a novel, durable nano-scale pressure sensing device that will help geologists find oil deposits. Ahmed’s sensors are a hundred times smaller than a grain of sand and consist of a silicon wafer and small cylindrical chambers with membranes made of graphene, a carbon material that is only one atom thick, and has very strange mechanical and electrical properties. The sensors may someday measure pressure in underground rock structures to provide valuable information for oil extraction.

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http://www.bu.edu/bme/2010/02/16/gift-to-bu-college-of-engineering-aims-to-attract-top-students-fund -undergraduate-summer-research/

Tags: engineering, graphene, oil, drilling, pressure

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