A team of researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have developed a very efficient, highly-porous, sturdy mat to contain damage caused by oil spills. After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, it was crucial to developed methods to control the damage done by oil spills.
Furthermore, 0.04 oz of this new material has a 6100 square feet surface area, and has a water-repellent to help with adsorption, which separates the oil from water as a thin film. The team discovered that 0.04 oz of the new mat can adsorb 0.88 oz of oil. Additionally, this new material is reusable.
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