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Application of Strong Porous Polymer Sheets for Superior Oil Spill Recovery

Authors Saleem, Junaid HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Bazargan, Alireza HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Barford, John
McKay, Gordon View this author's profile
Issue Date 2015
Source Chemical Engineering and Technology , v. 38, (3), March 2015, p. 482-488
Summary The usage of natural and synthetic sorbents in order to control oil spills is gaining increasing attention due to environmental concerns. In particular, polyolefins including polypropylene and polyethylene are the most commonly used oil sorbent materials because of their low cost but suffer from low oil absorption capacity. Attempts at trying to increase the surface-to-thickness ratio for improving uptake capacity makes them vulnerable to breakage and impractical for most oil spill applications. Novel super oil sorbent polymer sheets consisting of porous ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene have been prepared. The presented sorbent exhibits extremely high uptake and retention capacities along with a mechanically strong structure. The combination of these factors as well as the cost effectiveness of the material used makes these sheets viable candidates for widespread production and utilization.
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ISSN 0930-7516
Language English
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