New materials repel oil underwater, could better clean up oil spills
This work brought back to memory past "Innovation Challenges" whereby improved oil spill lean up solutions were sought. Envronmental disasters are always a recurrent problem. Solvers are much sought after. I usually blog such issues in my related blog Conversations-on-Innovations
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have announced a significant step forward in the development of materials that can ward off oil — a discovery that could lead to new protective coatings and better approaches to cleaning up oil spills.
In a new paper in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, professor of chemical and biological engineering David Lynn and assistant scientist Uttam Manna describe new coatings that are extremely oil-repellant (or "superoleophobic") in underwater environments.
Looking forward to learning of full size application in order to respond sucessfully to any oil spills. Of course preventive action is preferable. Worldwide Pollution whatever the nature and its human source remains an issue which world leaders cannot be proud of!