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P.E.N.G.U.I.N.S: Promoting Emulsion Nullification Greenly Using Innovation Nucleation Surfaces

By Zoe Gotthold

The problem: Oil spills are environmental catastrophes--yet much of the danger comes from the less-famous emulsion that forms between spilled oil and seawater. This emulsion increases the volume of the spill, and floats underwater, threatening animals, especially penguins.

The solution: If we can separate the emulsion, the oil will float back to the surface, where it is far easier to remediate. I developed prototypes to do exactly that: reduce overall emulsion stability (by up to 25%) by passively attracting oil/water particles. Think of emulsions like a card towers, and my demulsifying devices as “card magnets” that pull out certain cards and destabilize entire towers. These devices can then be added to spill areas to protect sea life and the environment.

Clearwater Innovation

A program of WE IMPACT Corp, a 501(c)(3) non profit company 

A community outreach program founded by the Tianshi siblings, who are concerned about the global water shortage and water pollution. They have been conducting research related to water from their home lab since middle school. Both of them were named top 30 national finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS, the US's premiere STEM middle school competition. Through events and educational programs, they encourage more children to think about the water crisis, publish creative ideas on this website, and utilize their creativity to solve water and environmental problems.




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