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May 21st, 2009

Rice labs hope tiny clusters will find new oil in old wells
Rice News staff

Laboratories at Rice University are collaborating on a new way to detect oil deposits in wells once thought to be tapped out.

Groups led by Rice professors James Tour, Michael Wong and Mason Tomson and Rice researcher Amy Kan are collaborating on a system by which hydrophilic carbon clusters (HCC) — microscopic entities designed to sense the presence of oil — can be sent into a well by the billions and come back to the surface full of valuable information. For more see http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=12598&SnID=1331289734

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