Dust Control System Using Biocompatible Polymer

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This innovative dust control system utilizes commercially available, cost-effective biocompatible polymers to prolong wettability of beach tailings and contribute to improve Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) management system/stability.  Can also be used on Tailing slope, dyke, haul roads, and in coal mining facilities.

Conventional dust control methods include implementing a truck-mounted spray system with other toxic polymer additives.  The Tailings and TSF dust control additives pose airborne and groundwater health risks to residents living nearby, have high rates of water consumption, cause environmental contamination, and need to be reapplied frequently. 


  • Tailings Storage Facility
  • Mining
  • General dust control management 



  • Cost-effective biocompatible material
  • Reduction of water consumption by prolonged wettability
  • Decrease in health risks for nearby residents
  • Easy implementation in current discharging system
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Contact For More Information:
Tariq Ahmed
Sr Licensing Manager, College of Engineering
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Kwangmin Kim
Minkyu Kim