Nonwoven cotton products could be key to cleaning up oil spills, says Texas Tech professor

LUBBOCK, TX, October 11, 2021-

On Sunday (Oct. 3), approximately 126,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into the Pacific Ocean after a pipeline burst near the Southern California coast. Now, the U.S. Coast Guard is racing against time to contain the spill and mitigate environmental damage.

Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor of chemical countermeasures and advanced materials at Texas Tech University's Department of Environmental Toxicology, in collaboration with his research team and the India-based company Jayalakshmi Textiles, has developed a sustainable cotton product that can absorb oil instantaneously.

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