Hydrophobic Sponges for Oil Removal

Natural porous substrate capable of absorbing other hydrophobic materials, including oil. Background: Oil recovery systems that use a sponge to soak up the contaminated oil may be reused and then may be disposed of because they become less efficient with subsequent re-use. Technology Overview: A natural porous substrate (luffa sponge) treated with silicon material rendering it hydrophobic and capable of absorbing other materials, hydrophobic materials, including oil. Oil spills adversely affects the environment and massive oil spills can result in long-term disastrous effects. Dr. Benjamin Chu, Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University created an oil recovery sponge which can be used 3 to 20 times without decreasing its efficiency of absorption. Experimental cycle tests and data on absorption and recyclability performed with consistent results. Advantages: Uses natural materials Simple fabrication Materials can be used multiple times Applications: Oil recovery systems Intellectual Property Summary: PCT Publication No. WO 2015-066665 Stage of Development: Prototype developed and available for testing. Licensing Potential: We seek to develop and commercialize by an exclusive or non-exclusive license agreement and/or sponsored research with a company active in the area. Licensing Status: Available for License Additional Information: Hydrophobic porous materials 3-dimensional pores Oil removal https://stonybrook.technologypublisher.com/files/sites/enviroment-11.jpg
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