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‘Greener’ aerogel technology holds potential for oil and chemical clean-up #greenbuilding

‘Greener’ aerogel technology holds potential for oil and chemical clean-up #greenbuilding

Shaoqin ‘Sarah’ Gong, a researcher at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison, graduate student Qifeng Zheng, and Zhiyong Cai, a project leader at the US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, have recently created and patented a new aerogel technology that may offer a cheaper and greener method to absorb oil and heavy metals from water and other surfaces. Pictured here, Qifeng Zheng uses tweezers to dip a small sample of the aerogel substance into a beaker containing water and diesel fuel that has been dyed red. The aerogel absorbs the diesel fuel and not the water. Credit: Bryce Richter/University of Wisconsin Madison

Full article: http://greenbuildingelements.com/2014/02/26/greener-aerog...

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