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access icon free Green synthesis of ZnO/SiO2 nanocomposite from pomegranate seed extract: coating by natural xanthan polymer and its characterisations

This work presents a simple, economical and, importantly, green process to develop a nanocomposite (NC) that covers the functions of surfactant and polymer flooding in enhancing oil recovery (EOR). Thus, xanthan coated ZnO/SiO2 NC was prepared using the extract of the pomegranate seeds as a reducing and stabilising agent. The green synthesised NC was identified using the scanning electron microscopy, electron dispersive spectroscopy, elemental mapping, X-ray diffraction, and UV–vis analytical techniques. ZnO/SiO2/Xanthan NC was then dispersed in low-salinity water (1:20 diluted seawater) at different concentrations, and high suspension stability of NC was observed at different periods of time. This investigation provides a novel and green pathway for preparing nano-EOR fluids.

http://iet.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1049/mnl.2018.5617
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