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Researchers are using West Texas cotton for biodegradable towel designed to clean up oil spills

CBS 7 Midland

May 4, 2019

CBS 7 MIDLAND- Two young entrepreneurs have brought an idea out of the labs and into U.S. Markets that is the first of its kind. “Towelie,” a simple name for a seemingly simple product with the potential to clean up a complicated environmental and ecological problem: oil spills in bodies of water.

Ronald Kendall Jr. and Luke Kitten have been working on the "legwork" for this project since high school with Texas Tech professor Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., FTA (Hon.) who works in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory/Department of Environmental Toxicology.

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