Uppsala university Researchers Discovered Compound Which Clean Up Dangerous Chemical, Oil spills

The ‘impossible material,’ Upsalite, created by Sweden scientists

12:01 PM, 8th August 2013
uppsala university Research
Upsalite, the ‘impossible material’

UPPSALA, SWEDEN: A new material created by Uppsala University can control moisture produced in electronic processes and could even help to clean up dangerous chemical and oil spills. This ‘impossible material’ called upsalite is a very porous alkali earth metal carbonate and has set records for both surface area and water absorption.

“In contrast to what has been claimed for more than 100 years in the scientific literature, we have found that amorphous magnesium carbonate can be made in a very simple, low-temperature process,” said Johan Gomez de la Torre, Researcher, Nanotechnology and functional materials division, Uppsala University.

Upsalite is a newly-discovered form of magnesium carbonate. According to Science World Report, magnesium carbonate is abundant in its ordered form, but had previously never existed in an unordered, water-free form.

Scientists actually created the material entirely by accident in 2011. After tweaking the parameters for synthesis and mistakenly leaving the new sample in a reaction chamber over a weekend, the team found a rigid gel had formed. The team then refined the creation method and analyzed the data before finally concluding that they had actually created the material they thought was impossible to produce.

 

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