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A review on sorbent devices for oil-spill control.

A new interesting article has been published in Environ Pollut. 2018 Dec;243(Pt B):1758-1771. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.09.141. Epub 2018 Oct 1. Review and titled:

A review on sorbent devices for oil-spill control.

Authors of this article are:

Bhardwaj N, Bhaskarwar AN.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Multiple research areas have emerged in view of the deleterious impacts of oil-spills on the environment and the relative intractability of the problem per se. The dimensions mostly explored thus far, relate to the prediction of the fate of oil-spill and development of effective counter-measures. Among the counter measures, development of effective sorbents for oil-spill remediation has sustained interest for quite long, in spite of the numerous challenges associated with it. Most importantly, the sorbent materials need to be assembled in such a structure or form that they can survive the oceanic currents and other prevailing environmental conditions without themselves becoming a source of secondary pollution. This review paper focuses on the chronological development of such assemblies or devices over the past century and a critical appraisal of the same. Relevant major factors affecting the performance of sorbent assemblies can be identified as: structural features and modes of sorption, effect of weathering on oil-sorption capacity, mode of distribution and harvesting of such absorbent units, and the final disposal after feasible cycles of sorption and release. This review paper incorporates a detailed discussion on the major inventions and the extant open literature in this field.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

Oil-sorbent devices;Oil-sorption capacity;Sorbent disposal;Superhydrophobic magnetic material

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