Texas Tech develops mat that could absorb oil spills

San Antonio Express-News 'With the 2010 crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in the major spill of about 4.9 million barrels of oil, it became apparent that we needed new clean-up technologies that did not add stress to the environment,' Ramkumar told Texas Tech Today. 'This incident triggered our interest in developing environmentally sustainable materials for environmental remediation.'

SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas Tech University research team has discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent nonwoven mat is capable of collecting up to 50 times its own weight in oil.

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"With the 2010 crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in the major spill of about 4.9 million barrels of oil, it became apparent that we needed new clean-up technologies that did not add stress to the environment," Ramkumar told Texas Tech Today. "This incident triggered our interest in developing environmentally sustainable materials for environmental remediation."

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