A platform technology from Texas Tech could be the perfect sponge

The same nonwoven cotton technology that keeps soldiers safe from chemical and biological warfare agents may also serve as the perfect sponge for sopping up the oil that is leaking from the Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico.

That’s the message about a technology created at Texas Tech University that was sent to members of the press May 17 by the university’s communications office.

Unlike the synthetic material, polypropylene, used to soak up oil with most conventional oil containment booms, an expert in nonwoven cotton technology from The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech says raw cotton can soak up at least three times what synthetics materials can—and break down more easily when it is disposed of.

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