Superhydrophobic magnetic sponge to help purify water from oil products

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with the University of Lille (France) have developed a new material capable of purifying water effectively from oil products. It is based on an ordinary household polyurethane sponge. The research team made it superhydrophobic—it repels water, while effectively sorbing oil product molecules. The results were published in Separation and Purification Technology.