Researchers turn paper waste into ultralight super material that improves oil spill cleaning and heat insulation


Scientists have developed a product that does double duty for the environment— recycling paper and improving the cleanup of oil spills.

In another interesting product development involving the use of paper, a research team at the National University of Singapore has successfully converted paper waste into green cellulose aerogels that are non-toxic, ultralight, flexible, extremely strong and water repellent.  This novel material is ideal for applications such as oil spill cleaning, heat insulation as well as packaging, and it can potentially be used as coating materials for drug delivery and as smart materials for various biomedical applications.

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Source: RISI, February 3, 2016