response to this Dr. Edmiston has engineered Obsorb, a remarkable new
nanomaterial form of glass that is chemically inert, hydrophobic, and
is able to absorb harmful organic materials.
The glass is
capable of absorbing eight times its own weight, and able to retain
its structural integrity up to 20,000 times its own weight, making it
ideal for large scale applications. Obsorb is able to achieve
purification by using an expanding nano matrix glass sponge to suck
up harmful chemicals in a process that is completely reversible,
meaning that it can be used over and over again. It is also
much cheaper than existing solutions.
Dr. Edmiston’s work is
commendable on numerous levels; he has created a cutting edge
nanomaterial that will help make our world a safer place to live in.
Countries where expensive remediation and chemical treatment
facilities are not readily available now have a frugal, safe, and
His work was awarded a grant from the National
Science Foundation, and has received enough interest for him to start
Absorbent Materials, a
company which as the name suggests, offers a line of engineered
glasses, sands, and other silica based materials geared toward
remediation and recovery.
A paper on the work was published
in the journal of Separation and Purification Technology, and
can be found