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Recyclable Fly Ash Material Cleans Up Oil Spills

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Closeup image of a porous nanostructured particle made from fly ash

A porous nanostructured particle made from fly ash.

Credit: S. Seal, L. L. Hench, David Reid (G), Ian Goldstein, University of Central Florida


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A bead of water with oil-adsorbing powder

A bead of water is repelled by the oil-adsorbing powder, made through our surface modification approach.

Credit: S. Seal, L. L. Hench, David Reid (G), Ian Goldstein, University of Central Florida


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Sudipta Seal

Sudipta Seal

Credit: Courtesy S. Seal


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This video demonstrates normal (untreated) fly ash mixed with oil water and agitated.

Credit: Courtesy S. Sudipta

 

This video demonstrates the treated fly ash, which takes up the oil but not the water--the desired outcome.

Credit: Courtesy S. Sudipta