Scientists from Kazan Federal University (KFU) have developed an original technology for fuel quality control using a pigment of the cellular substance of bacteria of the Agreia family. Before that, expensive foreign chemical markers had to be used.
Their main disadvantage was that when they got into the fuel, they changed its spectrum. According to Ilya Vasiliev, an employee of the Kazan Federal University, the bacterial pigment isolated by scientists fully meets the requirements for biomarkers. At the same time, the composition of the fuel remains unchanged, shows resistance to temperature changes and does not emit harmful substances during combustion.
It is also important that natural markers are degraded by microorganisms, turning into harmless compounds. In addition, they are almost impossible to counterfeit without knowledge of the appropriate technology.
The unique development has already attracted the interest of the local company Taif and the Nigerian Addax Petroleum Plc. In turn, Kazan scientists guaranteed customers the timely release of the required amount of marker.