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Contact: Shaoqin Gong
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aerogel Test

Caption: Shaoqin 'Sarah' Gong, a researcher at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison, graduate student Qifeng Zheng, and Zhiyong Cai, a project leader at the US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, have recently created and patented a new aerogel technology that may offer a cheaper and greener method to absorb oil and heavy metals from water and other surfaces. Pictured here, Qifeng Zheng uses tweezers to dip a small sample of the aerogel substance into a beaker containing water and diesel fuel that has been dyed red. The aerogel absorbs the diesel fuel and not the water.

Credit: Bryce Richter/University of Wisconsin Madison

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