Unexpected absorbent nanomaterial discovery leads to cleanup of hydrocarbons, pesticides and pharmaceuticals

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 06:31 in Physics & Chemistry

Science is full of surprises. Chemist Paul Edmiston's search for a new way to detect explosives at airports instead led to the creation of what's now called "Osorb," swellable, organically-modified silica, or glass, capable of absorbing oil and other contaminants from water.

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