Magnetic soap to clean up #oil spills – an annotated graphic

In the current issue of E&T magazine, we report on how scientists working on engendering simple soap with new properties may have uncovered vast new potential for advanced cleaning.

A University of Bristol team has dissolved iron in liquid surfactant to create a soap that can be controlled by magnets. The discovery could be used to create cleaning products that can be removed after application and used in the recovery of oil spills at sea.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Magnetic soap could clear oil spills
Magnetic soap could clear oil spills
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