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Cellulose aerogel offers cheaper oil clean-up

from TCE Today

A cellulose-based aerogel could offer a greener, more sustainable way to clean up oil spills, according to its developers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The aerogel, made by Shaoqin Gong and her team at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, is 98 percent porous and can absorb up to 100 times its own weight in oil without absorbing any water, and can also absorb heavy metal ions such as lead and mercury. more

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