A Sponge That Absorbs Only Oil

1372207072096Researchers established a chemical treatment that can transform a typical, household sponge into an oil-specific absorber:

“A sponge that can’t absorb a single drop of water may seem like a dud. But if it readily soaks up oil, it could help purify chemical syntheses or clean up oil spills on water.”

Will these sponges improve clean-up methods for future oil-spill disasters? There is potential, but for now the production costs prohibit large-scale creation.  Although the sponges are cheap, the chemicals treatment process is expensive.

Read more about the sponges in this article by Chemical Engineering News.

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