Nanogrid could break down oil from spills

Nanogrid structures at the nanoparticle level
Nanogrid structures at the nanoparticle levelCourtesy Perena Gouma, CNSD, SUNY Stony Brook

Oil spills are notoriously difficult to clean up, but nanotechnology may help make cleanup easier in the future.

Nanoscientists have developed a "nanogrid," a large net consisting of metal grids made of a copper tungsten oxide, that, when activated by sunlight, can break down oil from a spill, leaving only biodegradable compounds behind.

The grids resemble non-woven mats of miniaturized ceramic fishing nets are made with a self-assembly process.

Because they work well both in water and air, the grids may also be used for other types of cleanup as well.

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