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Case study – Re-purposing waste to soak up oil spills and mercury pollution

A reusable and buoyant polymer created from industrial waste products could be used as a sponge to soak up oil spills, reducing marine devastation while safely recovering the crude oil.

The polymer is created by reacting sulphur and used cooking oil – both waste products that are easily available, affordable, and abundant.

Read more about this work led by Dr Justin Chalker from Flinders University, and enabled by ANFF-SA, here.