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Magnetic soap could help oil spill clean-ups

January 25, 2012 | Comment icon 3 comments



Image Credit: NOAA
Soap that contains iron atoms could find use in oil spill clean-ups and in waste water treatments.
Although it's similar to hand soap, the 'magnetic soap' is different from what we use on a daily basis in one key way - it contains iron atoms. The detergent part of the soap attracts the oil (or any dirt) and when a powerful magnet is applied, the water is removed magnetically along with any absorbed oil.
An international team of scientists has demonstrated the first soap that responds to magnets. This means the soap and the materials that it dissolves can be removed easily by applying a magnetic field. Experts say that with further development, it could find applications in cleaning up oil spills and waste water.


Source: BBC News | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Device 11 years ago
You'd think the big oil companies would invest in this idea - to ensure their precious oil can be retrieved from peoples coastlines in the event of a spill. Certainly worth the investment.
Comment icon #2 Posted by space11498 11 years ago
This is a very important article because oil spills are gradually becoming into limelight due to it,s drastic effects.Thanks Still Waters to share some information on oil - spill prevention. I just glanced the whole topic but I couldn't understand it in full depth as it was a bit vague.Can you please provide sufficient information from other sorces on this topic. I am requesting you as this is very interesting.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Alienated Being 11 years ago
I remember reading about a rather pragmatic method of oil clean up that involved wood chips.


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