Navigation Links
American Chemical Society podcast: Cotton is an eco-friendly way to clean up oil spills
Date:7/30/2013

The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS') award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series describes a report demonstrating that unprocessed, raw cotton has an amazing ability to sop up oil while also being eco-friendly.

Based on a report by Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, the new podcast is available without charge at iTunes and from http://www.acs.org/globalchallenges.

In light of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, Ramkumar notes that a particular need exists for oil-spill sorbents that are abundantly available at relatively low cost. They also should be sustainable and biodegradable. There have been extensive studies on fibers such as barley straw, kapok and wool but big gaps in knowledge about how they take up crude oil, and no data on unprocessed raw cotton.

Ramkumar's team decided to fill those gaps with research on "low micronaire" cotton, a form of unprocessed cotton with relatively less commercial value.

They report that each pound of the cotton has the ability to sop up and hold more than 30 pounds of crude oil. "In contrast to synthetic sorbents, raw cotton with its high crude oil sorption capacity and positive environmental footprint make it an ecologically friendly sorbent for oil spill cleanups," the report concludes.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. New American Chemical Society video on a real stinker: The corpse flowers odor
2. American Chemical Society launches 2013 edition of popular Prized Science video series
3. American Academy of Microbiology publishes West Nile virus report
4. The American Society for Microbiology honors Frank Leo van de Veerdonk
5. The American Society for Microbiology honors Baligh Yehia
6. The American Society for Microbiology honors George L. Drusano
7. The American Society for Microbiology honors Ken Cadwell
8. American Chemical Society global program tackles safe drinking water in Colombia
9. The American Society for Microbiology honors Marc Torrent
10. The American Society for Microbiology honors Joshua Obar
11. AMP joins the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/17/2014)... After decades of decline, grasses have returned to ... eye, the marsh in those places seems healthy again, ... service of the marsh coastal protection remains ... ecosystem function hasn,t come back," said ecologist Mark Bertness, ... the study in the journal Biological Conservation . ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases ... have accelerated -- by as much as 70 percent. ... by scientists from Technische Universitt Mnchen based on long-term ... observed since 1870. Their findings were published recently in ... dieback" was a hot topic, with the very survival ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... crime unit designed to fight food fraud in ... being passed off as beef scientists from Germany ... describe their approach, which represents a vast improvement over ... Food Chemistry . , Hans-Ulrich Humpf and colleagues note ... But they also say that adding, for example, horse ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Cape Cod saltmarsh recovery looks good, falls short 2Cape Cod saltmarsh recovery looks good, falls short 3Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate 2Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate 3
... Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Sustainable Bioenergy ... could help us breed grasses with improved properties for ... by a team from the University of Cambridge and ... findings are published today (Tuesday 17 Jan) in the ...
... Nitrogen is both an essential nutrient and a pollutant, ... that feeds billions, a benefit and a hazard, depending ... have spread nitrogen liberally around the planet, say sixteen ... in Ecology series, "Excess Nitrogen in the U.S. ...
... Worldwide pandemics of influenza caused widespread death and illness ... weather patterns around the time of these pandemics finds that ... the equatorial Pacific. The study,s authors--Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University,s ... Harvard School of Public Healthnote that the La Nia pattern ...
Cached Biology News:Breeding better grasses for food and fuel 2Breeding better grasses for food and fuel 3Solutions for a nitrogen-soaked world 2Does the La Niña weather pattern lead to flu pandemics? 2
(Date:9/17/2014)... 2014 A biodegradable polymer can ... as bacteria, fungi, and algae into smaller units ... inorganic compounds, carbon dioxide, and humus in a ... and improved costs, biodegradable polymers are proving to ... to conventional polymers. Primary factors that are responsible ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... 17, 2014 JH Technologies ... located in Irvine. JH Technologies, a leader in ... recently announced an expanded partnership with Leica Microsystems into ... and image analysis solutions will be featured at the ... The new showroom facility is located within the JH ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... Pa. , Sept. 17, 2014 BioClinica®, ... and eClinical Solutions, today announced three of its experts ... for Clinical Data Management to be held September ... Nevada . The Company also announced the innovative ... raise overall quality in clinical trials acquired earlier this ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... Hershey, PA & Rockville, MD (PRWEB) September 17, 2014 ... it won a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant ... allergy immunotherapy. The award will provide ITI with approximately ... , Tree nuts, a leading cause of food allergy, ... leading cause of anaphylaxis behind peanut allergy. Tree nut ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Growing Demand for Eco-Friendly Products Drives the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 2Growing Demand for Eco-Friendly Products Drives the Global Biodegradable Polymers Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 3JH Technologies displays newest microscope imaging technology at Southern California showroom grand opening 2JH Technologies displays newest microscope imaging technology at Southern California showroom grand opening 3BioClinica to Present at 20th Annual SCDM Conference 2BioClinica to Present at 20th Annual SCDM Conference 3Immunomic Therapeutics Awarded SBIR Grant to Develop Multi-Nut Allergy Immunotherapy 2Immunomic Therapeutics Awarded SBIR Grant to Develop Multi-Nut Allergy Immunotherapy 3
Mouse monoclonal [SPM217] to Secretory Component Glycoprotein ( Abpromise for all tested applications)....
Mouse monoclonal [3G8] to MDMA ( Abpromise for all tested applications)....
Shh Antibody Shipping Temperature: HOT Storage Temperature: -20C...
Anti-Cohesin (Scc1/Rad21) Monoclonal Antibody Research Focus: signal transduction Storage: -20C Shipping Temperature: +4C...
Biology Products: