July 31, 2013
Cotton Is An Eco-Friendly Way To Clean Up Oil Spills
The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS') award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series describes a report demonstrating that unprocessed, raw cotton has an amazing ability to sop up oil while also being eco-friendly.
Based on a report by Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, the new podcast is available without charge at iTunes and from http://www.acs.org/globalchallenges.
Ramkumar's team decided to fill those gaps with research on "low micronaire" cotton, a form of unprocessed cotton with relatively less commercial value.
They report that each pound of the cotton has the ability to sop up and hold more than 30 pounds of crude oil. "In contrast to synthetic sorbents, raw cotton with its high crude oil sorption capacity and positive environmental footprint make it an ecologically friendly sorbent for oil spill cleanups," the report concludes.
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