SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Interface Sciences
http://www.interfacesciences.com) announced that in response to oil
spill problems stemming from the current Hurricane Katrina disaster and oil
crises, the company is launching its proprietary oil remediation and recovery
Interface Sciences treated material absorbs about 40 times it weight in
oil, far exceeding existing commercially available remediation materials.
Because water is completely rejected by the ISC material, the oil can be
recovered for use, a substantial benefit in oil spill cleanup efforts. The new
oil cleanup solution uses patented Self-Assembled Monolayer (SAMs) technology.
ISC Chief Executive Officer Mitch Hawkins said, "Interface Sciences
Corporation wants to make this highly effective material widely available to
help mitigate the environmental and health impacts caused by the approximate
3,000 worldwide annual oil spills, and in particular oil spill damage caused
by Hurricane Katrina."
The announcement of this innovation comes about six months ahead of the
company's original planned rollout. ISC President Chuck Fishel said, "We were
not really set up to produce enough of this exciting material, but thought we
had to put it out there given the emergency in the Southeast. We can probably
generate enough for use with environmental cleanup of wildlife, but need to
find a partner to accelerate the production and distribution of major
quantities for large leaks and spills."
Interface Sciences Corporation is a development stage nanotechnology
commercialization company holding platform technologies originally developed
by a major government laboratory. The company's emphasis is on materials and
surface innovation at the nanoscale. It controls several hundred technological
applications and works in fields as varied as oil spill remediation, fiber
composites and composite structures, computer circuit boards, MEMS, sports
equipment, nanoparticle functionalization and paper treatments.