Superhydrophobic Aerogel as Sorbents for Iraqi Crude Oil Leaked In Water


A superhydrophobic aerogel has been utilized as adsorbed the Crude oil leaked during transport in the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and determine the capacity absorbing of the aerogel powder for crude oil. This technique is very important to get rid of environmental pollution caused by the leakage of crude oil in water, which in turn cause the death of fish, this application is an important economic wealth in the country, preliminary tests on Tigris and Euphrates rivers mixed with the crude oil, by using the aerogel in powder form to clean the water from crude oil, the study depended on two parameters are surface area and contact angle. We found that the increasing on surface area lead to increasing on the capacity of adsorbing the crude oil from water, also this result with contact angle.