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Gel-o-fuel

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NCL scientists have developed a polymer based gel that can absorb organic solvents like methanol ethanol etc. and can act as a portable fuel source. The gel can be polymerized in situ from the selected monomers and does not require any external gelling agent. The level of cross linking and the formation of structural complexes with the organic liquid can be controlled - improving the absorption capacity of the gel. 1gm of this gel can absorb upto 400 gm of fuel. Applications: 1) Solid fuel 2) Fireplaces 3) Patio/garden/yard burners 4) Outdoor cooking 5) Camping/travel/guest houses/hotels 6) Chafing dish fuel 7) Catering 8) Cooking Patent Status: US 6794467 Opportunity for collaboration: On the lookout for potential partners for licensing

Benefits:

1) No soot pleasant blue flame 2) Higher burning efficiency 3) Existing gels use a commercial polymer (expensive); Gel-o-fuel uses cheaper easily available raw-materials 4) Liquid that is trapped in the 3D matrix of the gel is turned in to soft solids-easy and safe to transport 5) Effective flexible compact source of fuel

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US6794467 Opportunity for collaboration: On the lookout for potential partners for licensing (http://pimg-fpiw.uspto.gov/fdd/67/944/067/0.pdf)