Oil loving membranes for oil spill clean-ups

Oil loving membranes for oil spill clean-ups | Chemistry World – Researchers in China have made a new type of membrane that can separate oil from water and could potentially be used in oil spills, such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico. The membrane works by interacting differently with the substances as it is both superhydrophobic and superoleophilic, so that it repels water but attracts oil. This means that the oil is absorbed through the membrane, but the water can’t penetrate.[cite]10.1039/c2nr33063f[/cite]

Printing out new catalysts | Chemistry World

Printing out new catalysts | Chemistry World – An inkjet printer has been repurposed to create a huge library of potential catalysts. To make the technology work with inorganic reagents that have different chemistries, a collaboration between chemists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, US, and Zhejiang University in China, has created special 'inks' made of colloidal nanoparticles of different metal precursors and polymers that direct the formation of the resulting nanoparticle structures.[cite]10.1021/nl302992q[/cite]