Do you recall the “BP Deepwater Horizon”? It was a devastating oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and was the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Thousands of birds, mammals, fish, and sea turtles were soaked with leaked oil, many studies leading to grim outcomes for many of the species. What would we do if we saw an oil spill on one of our pristine coastlines?
A solution to this wicked problem has been recently invented by Dr Justin Chalker. Justin has developed a sponge-like material that soaks up crude oil and diesel spills using an absorbent rubber made from waste cooking oil and sulphur, itself a byproduct of the petroleum industry.
Furthermore, it can capture the largest sources of mercury emissions produced here in Australia, and across the globe.
Come and listen to Justin discuss his interest in taking waste and making it into new and useful polymers, where he will present the three applications using this polymer to benefit the environment and human well-being.