July 19, 2010
Booming With Cotton
While polypropylene has been touted for its ability to soak up oil, Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor at Texas Tech University’s The Institute of Environmental and Human Health believes that cotton may do a better job to absorb the oil spill than the booms made of synthetic material.
Mr. Ramkumar developed Fibertect, a three-layer flexible, inert, nonwoven, non-particulate decontamination system that has been proven to be successful in absorbing and adsorbing chemical warfare agents, which may now prove useful in recovery efforts in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and other oil spills of similar size and severity.
Fibertect is manufactured by Hobbs Bonded Fibers for First Line Technology.