Nanoparticle-Coated-Mesh Could Clean Up Oil Spills – 16 April 2015

RT logoScientists in Ohio say that they’ve developed a specialized type of mesh that might be able to clean up oil spills at a fraction of the current cost thanks to a breakthrough in nanotechnology.

Research out of Ohio State University’s nano lab said this revealed a type of steel mesh that allows water to pass through it, but not oil.

The high-tech mesh is coated in a nearly undetectable dusting of microscopic particles that repels oils, and the scientists behind it say it could be the key to cleaning up future spills.

“If you scale this up, you could potentially catch an oil spill with a net,” Bharat Bhushan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State, said in a press release issued by the school on Wednesday.

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