September 3, 2010
When dealing with a project as large as the gulf oil spill, when we take a step back and see potential products from a different viewpoint, significant new uses may become apparent.
Fibertect is a non-woven cotton-carbon material invented by Mr. Seshadri Ramkuan, an associate professor of nonwoven materials at Texas Tech. According to reports, Ramkuan originally developed the material to protect soldiers from chemical and biological warfare agents. The company turned the material into commercial products that adsorb and absorb toxic industrial chemicals and pesticides, as well as chemical warfare agents. The three-layer material is made with an activated carbon inner layer sandwiched between two layers of material with adsorption and absorption properties determined by the application.