Polystyrene fiber mats could soak up oil spills

Nanoscale ‘HOT’ article

Scientists from China have synthesized novel polystyrene (PS) fibrous mats consisting of highly porous fibers which show much higher oil absorption capacities compared to the commercially available polypropylene fibers.

PS fibersThe authors say that such regulation of micro- and nanostructures of the PS fibers will widen the range of their applications in self-cleaning materials, ultra-high sensitivity sensors, tissue engineering and ion exchange materials.

Read the Nanoscale article today:

Subtle regulation of the micro- and nanostructures of electrospun polystyrene fibers and their application in oil absorption
Jinyou Lin, Bin Ding, Jianmao Yang, Jianyong Yu and Gang Sun
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C1NR10895F

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