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  • Mopping up oil spills with marshmallows (flexible aerogels)

    01/28/2013 8:46:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 22 January 2013 | James Urquhart
    Japanese researchers have developed a marshmallow-like material that can mop up hydrocarbons like a sponge and can then be wrung out.1 The work could one day lead to a cheap and simple solution for cleaning up large oil spills such as one that decimated the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Although similar materials have been made before, they have had shortcomings for large-scale clean-up operations including a lack of hydrophobicity, difficult or expensive production methods and an inability to be reused. Now, researchers at Kyoto University have made marshmallow-like macroporous gels that are free from all of these drawbacks.The...