Absorbent polymer made from waste products quickly soaks up oil spills
from New Atlas
From carbon nanotubes to sawdust and cellulose to fern-inspired nano-hair, a multitude of materials are showing great promise for cleaning up oil spills. Now researchers have turned to waste products from the industry responsible for the problem in the first place. Using by-products of the petroleum and refining industries, they've created an absorbent polymer that can quickly soak up crude oil from sea water.
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