December 12, 2016
PNNL microbiologist George Bonheyo displays the original sawdust material (left) and how it appears after being chemically modified (right) to be exceptionally oil-attracting and buoyant, qualities that are ideal for cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic.
PNNL microbiologist Robert Jeters sprinkles PNNL’s chemically modified sawdust onto a small oil spill inside the Arctic simulation lab, where researchers mimic extreme freezing conditions and make icy slush that is similar to what is found on the surface of the …