Frozen Smoke to the Rescue for Oil Spills?

February 18, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – New research has found that ‘frozen smoke’, a lightweight, highly absorbent material, may be perfect for reversing environmental dangers, such as in oil contamination.

Hydrophobic silica aerogels have been found to be able to soak up seven times their weight in oil, and are much more cost efficient then the sponges currently on the market for oil spills.

Researchers hope that the aerogels will be able to be implemented for use in water contamination, which occurs when used oil is dumped into backyards, sewers, or into rivers, which is eventually filtered into the water supply, and it difficult, and expensive, to clean for human use.


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