Oil spill sorbent pads, made from graphene, that can absorb oil, petrochemicals, and other hydrocarbon-based liquids up to 86 times their weight have been developed by Mumbai startup – Log 9.
“Log 9 Spill Containment has developed graphene-based oil sorbent pads that have higher oil removal efficiency as compared to conventional products, are reusable, and safe to dispose or incinerate. It currently has clients in India, Singapore, and China.
Damaged tankers, leaking pipelines, and offshore drilling leave behind layers of oil floating on vast expanses of water around us. This has immediate and long-term effects on the environment. From disturbing the marine ecosystem by choking fishes, sea birds, and other mammals to causing interruptions in the food chain, the problems are many.
According to the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), the volume of oil lost to oceans and seas in 2018 amounted to more than one lakh tonnes, a record high in 24 years.
While oil spills occur very often, cleaning them is not an easy task. Oil spills in the oceans reach shorelines very quickly, and a lot of effort and resources are needed to tackle the mess. Mumbai-based startup Log 9 Spill Containment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Log 9 Materials Scientific Pvt Ltd. is doing its bit to keep the oceans clean.
It has developed oil sorbent pads called Sorbene, made from graphene, that can absorb oil, petrochemicals, and other hydrocarbon-based liquids up to 86 times their weight.
Most the conventional pads used to absorb and clean oil are made from polypropylene, a type of polymer. However, Log 9 Spill’s Sorbene is made from graphene, an allotrope of carbon, whose high elasticity and hydrophobic nature makes it difficult to get wet, and absorbs oil from water bodies.
While the parent company was founded in 2015 by two IIT alumni, Akshay V Singhal (26) and Kartik Hajela (26), Log 9 Spill Containment took off in June 2019 with only 10 members. The startup has sold more than 30,000 pads in the five months since its inception.”
Source: Your story
Image: From L to R: Askhay Singhal, Pankaj Sharma and Kartik Hajela.