A hydrophobic oil absorbing marshmallow

via +Cheryl Hurkett is this video demon­strat­ing a marshmallow-like mac­ro­por­ous gel that could be used for sep­ar­at­ing oil and water. Like the accom­pa­ny­ing press release says, this is obvi­ously use­ful for mar­ine oil spills, but there are many more applications.

http://​www​.rsc​.org/​c​h​e​m​i​s​t​r​y​w​o​r​l​d​/​2​0​1​3​/​0​1​/​m​a​r​s​h​m​a​l​l​o​w​-​a​e​r​o​g​e​l​-​m​o​p​s​-​oil

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Alun

When he's not tired, ill or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.

3 Responses

  1. So this would absorb all the milk fat out of my hot cocoa?

  2. Alun Salt says:

    It removes organic com­pounds, so my guess is it’ll remove the fat and the cocoa.