One of the constants when dealing with motor vehicles of any kind is oil and all sorts of other chemicals that can get into our water. I came across this demonstration of Osorb, a silicon and benzene polymer that sucks it all up and I was absolutely amazed. This isn’t some clay like substance you throw down on your garage floor or any of those absorber mats we might use, in fact, this is aimed more at the kind of oil and chemical spills we see contaminating ground water. The demo video below shows how fast Osorb acts and how completely it takes the chemicals from the water, enough so that the fellow who invented it, chemical engineer Paul Edmiston, from the College of Wooster, then drinks it. I guess he’s pretty sure it works.
When Osorb comes into contact with oil or other water-hating (nonpolar) chemicals, such as oils, fats and other hydrocarbons, its stacks of benzene-silicon plates expand like an accordion to absorb the contaminants. Each gram of material can hold up to eight times its own weight. Because electrically charged liquids, like water, don’t interact with Osorb, the contaminated material can easily be filtered out of it, making Osorb an ideal candidate for cleaning up all kinds of water pollution.
Check out the demo video below: