Japanese researchers have made a new marshmallow like material that can mop up oil and be wrung out. They were experimenting with dimethyldimethoxysilane and methyltrimethoxysilaneand came up with a material with outstanding oil-absorbing and wide temperature stability. This material works because it is hydrophobic and flexible. When the oil is soaked up it can be wrung out and this marshmallow material can be reused. And it can with stand temps from 300˚C to -196˚C.
This would be a great way for oil spills to be cleaned up. It’s easy and effective, plus it can be reused when it’s done. This marshmallow material can also be used for other things as well, like waste-water treatment.
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