Supersponge

2019-03-07 02:08:10

By Duncan Graham-Rowe IMAGINE rolling up an oil slick like a carpet and carrying it away. A new water-based gel might just make that possible, say British scientists. And because the gel is highly porous, its inventors also believe you could use it to treat burns with antibiotics. The hydrogel is based on a new water-soluble polymer developed by scientists at the University of Bradford. Details of the polymer are secret pending a patent application, but you make the gel by reacting the new polymer with water and another commercially available polymer. Although the resulting gel is almost entirely water,