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Clean water being passed over a vibratory separator after treatment with OsorbŪ. Pictured are Dr. Stephen Jolly, ABSMaterials vice president for systems, and Doug Martin, ABSMaterials production manager. Credit: Sarah Pollock, ABSMaterials
Clean water being passed over a vibratory separator after treatment with OsorbŪ. Pictured are Dr. Stephen Jolly, ABSMaterials vice president for systems, and Doug Martin, ABSMaterials production manager. Credit: Sarah Pollock, ABSMaterials

Abstract:
Developer demonstrates oil filtration technology tested in 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill - NSF Webcast

Water and Oil Everywhere, and Now it's Safe to Drink

Arlington, VA | Posted on January 15th, 2011

Building upon research conducted during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, engineers have incorporated a swellable nano-structured glass called OsorbŪ into a system for extracting pollutants like dissolved petroleum from water--and collecting the petroleum for later use.

During a webcast from the National Science Foundation, developer Paul Edmiston of the College of Wooster will demonstrate the new application for the OsorbŪ technology and discuss how it is being evaluated in the petroleum industry.

As part of the media briefing, Edmiston will conduct demonstrations to show how the material expands to eight times its original volume in the presence of hydrocarbons--expanding with a force that could lift 20,000 times its original weight--and filter a gasoline-tainted sample of drinking water for consumption. Questions before and during the webcast can be directed to See a video showcasing OsorbŪ research on The College of Wooster's YouTube channel.

Who: OsorbŪ developer Paul L. Edmiston of the College of Wooster and Chief Science Officer of ABSMaterials
What: Live Webcast demonstrating new oil spill remediation applications for OsorbŪ technology
When: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Where: Media are invited to participate in the webcast by phone or online on the Science360 website

To register for the event and obtain the user name and password for the webcast, journalists can contact NSF media officer Josh Chamot at or (703) 292-7730. Username and password are required for access. Questions before and during the webcast can be directed to

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About National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2010, its budget is about $6.9 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives over 45,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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Contacts:
Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF
(703) 292-7730


John Hopkins, The College of Wooster (330) 263-2082


Program Contacts
Benaiah Schrag, NSF
(703) 292-8323


Principal Investigators
Paul Edmiston, The College of Wooster / ABSMaterials Inc.
(330) 234 7999

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