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Web Date: June 26, 2013

Greasy Sponge Slurps Up Oil

Materials Science: A chemical treatment makes a household sponge thirsty for oil instead of water
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: sponge, superhydrophobic material, oil spill cleanup, polypyrrole

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. Researchers now report a simple chemical method for turning a household sponge into a water-blocking oil absorber (Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2013, DOI: . . .

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