Here’s what low-grade cotton means for oil spill cleanup

Memphis Business Journal - The science behind cotton’s efficacy is simple enough to understand, said Seshadri Ramkumar, lead author and manager of the study. “Because low-micronaire cotton is less mature, it shrinks, and you are able to pack more fiber into a given area,” Ramkumar said in a release. “The strength here is that the low-micronaire cotton absorbs the most crude oil. The oil is not only stuck to the surface, (it) gets absorbed into the fiber.”

The science behind cotton’s efficacy is simple enough to understand, said Seshadri Ramkumar, lead author and manager of the study.

“Because low-micronaire cotton is less mature, it shrinks, and you are able to pack more fiber into a given area,” Ramkumar said in a release. “The strength here is that the low-micronaire cotton absorbs the most crude oil. The oil is not only stuck to the surface, (it) gets absorbed into the fiber.”