“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.