The 2010 Gulf Coast BP disaster wreaked environmental havoc and cost a reported $40 billion. In response to this disaster and other more recent situations, Deakin University scientists have manufactured a revolutionary material to clean up potential future oil spills.
Alfred Deakin Professor Ying (Ian) Chen, the lead author on a paper which outlines the team’s breakthrough in today’s edition of Nature Communications, said the material was the most exciting advancement in oil spill clean-up technology in decades.
“Everyone remembers the Gulf Coast disaster, but here in Australia they are a regular problem, and not just in our waters. Oil spills from trucks and other vehicles can close freeways for an entire day, again amounting to large economic losses,” said Professor Chen.
Existing methods of cleaning up oil spills are inefficient and unsophisticated, time consuming and end up causing ongoing and expensive damage. After two years of refinement, the major breakthrough material, which literally absorbs the oil like a sponge, is now ready to be trialed by the industry and will be used to help solve a global issue.
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