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A different type of ocean sponge

O

il spills, whether large or small, are difficult to remediate and can lead to
devastating environmental consequences for oceans and other waterways.
The ability to clean up the slick quickly and efficiently is paramount to the recovery
of the affected habitat.
Scientists at Australia's Flinders University Chalker Research Lab have
been working on a material to soak up oil spills that shows promise. Clean Earth
Technologies (CET), a Singapore-based environmental solutions company, has
entered into an agreement with Flinders to manufacture commercial quantities
of the product.
The material, a sponge-like polymer, is made from cooking oil waste from fast
food outlets and sulfur, a byproduct of the petroleum industry. It works because it
is hydrophobic-meaning it separates from water and binds to oil, absorbing
it much like a sponge.
The polymer can absorb two to three times its mass in oil and diesel. It forms
a gel that can be scooped out of the water, adding to the efficiency of the recovery
process. It can be reused once the recovered oil is squeezed out.
Still in its early stages of development, the polymer sponge material represents
a new class of oil sorbent that is low cost and scalable. For more information,
visit www.cleanearth.tech.

Researchers at Flinders University
have developed a material from waste
that in turn remediates waste-namely
removing harmful oil slicks from
waterways. Photo: Flinders University.

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