Reusable ‘Nanosheets’ Soak Up Pollutants at 30 Times Their Weight

Reusable ‘Nanosheets’ Soak Up Pollutants at 30 Times Their Weight

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oil spill on water's surfaceA next-generation material first earmarked for use in electronics has proven itself a capable clean-up agent for polluted waters.

Boron nitride, or “white graphene”, can soak up organic pollutants such as industrial chemicals or engine oil in incredible amounts for their size, according to a report in Nature Communications.

These porous sheets, which together form a coarse white powder, vastly outperformed sheets that did not have the pores, and commercially available chunks of boron nitride that is not made up of the tiny sheets.

It can even be reused again and again.

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