Is it possible a sponge has been made to soak up an oil spill? That’s what researchers say they have done in Switzerland.
Empa Materials Science & Technology has created a highly absorbent sponge like material which is capable of separating oil from water. The good news continues as the sponge is made in an environmentally friendly process from recycled paper, wood or agricultural by-products.
The sponge can absorb mineral oil up to 50 times its own weight. The absorbent material can then be removed from the water. The researchers are hoping the oil industry will embrace its technology and use it in real world scenarios.