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Sugar-Derived Phase-Selective Molecular Gelators as Model Solidifiers for Oil Spills


  • We thank the Science Interdepartmental Imaging Center at CCNY. This work has been partially supported by the GCI-PRF Grant 48124-GCI to G.J. P.K.V. thanks the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneur Postdoc Fellowship.


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Mopping up: Phase-selective gelators were synthesized from sugar alcohols using biocatalysis. The gelators exhibited an unprecedented ability to phase-selectively gel only organic liquids including crude-oil fractions in the presence of water at room temperature. Oil can be recovered from the gelled phase by heating and distillation. Thus this class of materials may be useful in recovering oil from spills.