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'Greener' aerogel technology holds potential for oil and chemical clean-up
Date:2/25/2014

art to absorb the oil very quickly and efficiently," she says. "Once it's fully saturated, you can take it out and squeeze out all the oil. Although its absorbing capacity reduces after each use, it can be reused for a couple of cycles."

In addition, this cellulose-based aerogel exhibits excellent flexibility as demonstrated by compression mechanical testing.

Though much work needs to be done before the aerogel can be mass-produced, Gong says she's eager to share the technology's potential benefits beyond the scientific community.

"We are living in a time where pollution is a serious problem especially for human health and for animals in the ocean," she says. "We are passionate to develop technology to make a positive societal impact."


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Contact: Shaoqin Gong
sgong@engr.wisc.edu
608-316-4311
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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