Nanotechnology Innovation Enables Recovery and Reuse of Spilled Oil

Sep 07, 2005, 01:00 ET from Interface Sciences Corporation

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Interface Sciences
 Corporation ( announced that in response to oil
 spill problems stemming from the current Hurricane Katrina disaster and oil
 crises, the company is launching its proprietary oil remediation and recovery
     Interface Sciences treated material absorbs about 40 times it weight in
 oil, far exceeding existing commercially available remediation materials.
 Because water is completely rejected by the ISC material, the oil can be
 recovered for use, a substantial benefit in oil spill cleanup efforts. The new
 oil cleanup solution uses patented Self-Assembled Monolayer (SAMs) technology.
     ISC Chief Executive Officer Mitch Hawkins said, "Interface Sciences
 Corporation wants to make this highly effective material widely available to
 help mitigate the environmental and health impacts caused by the approximate
 3,000 worldwide annual oil spills, and in particular oil spill damage caused
 by Hurricane Katrina."
     The announcement of this innovation comes about six months ahead of the
 company's original planned rollout. ISC President Chuck Fishel said, "We were
 not really set up to produce enough of this exciting material, but thought we
 had to put it out there given the emergency in the Southeast.  We can probably
 generate enough for use with environmental cleanup of wildlife, but need to
 find a partner to accelerate the production and distribution of major
 quantities for large leaks and spills."
     Interface Sciences Corporation is a development stage nanotechnology
 commercialization company holding platform technologies originally developed
 by a major government laboratory.  The company's emphasis is on materials and
 surface innovation at the nanoscale. It controls several hundred technological
 applications and works in fields as varied as oil spill remediation, fiber
 composites and composite structures, computer circuit boards, MEMS, sports
 equipment, nanoparticle functionalization and paper treatments.
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