Russian scientists have invented a unique sorbent for removing oil spills

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Scientists of the Siberian state University of science and technology named after academician M. F. Reshetnev (SibGIU) has developed a unique sorbent, which allows to eliminate oil contamination of soil is ten times more effective than the counterparts, the press service of the University.

In the composition of the sorbent microorganisms isolated from soils in areas of pollution, is capable of decomposing oil to simple compounds that do not possess toxic properties. For one warm season all the oil or oil products are decomposed to carbon dioxide and water, while recovering vegetation cover. In natural conditions, the process restoration of oil-contaminated soils takes place over decades. Also, the sorbent does not require collection and disposal, unlike analog.

«A team of scientists of the Institute of chemical technology, Siberian state University of science and technology named after academician M. F. Reshetnev and support University of Krasnoyarsk Krai has developed a unique biosorbent for the elimination of oil contamination of soil after the accidents on the oil pipeline and transport enterprises. …One cubic meter sorbent absorbs one ton of oil. The oil capacity of the sorbent is 7-10 times higher than that of counterparts», — stated in the message.

Now scientists modify the sorbent, trying to ease the conditions of its application. In the future, the production will use bark or sawdust is one of the ways of solving the problem of utilization of wood waste in the Krasnoyarsk region.

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