Magnetic Soap Cleans the Oceans

25.01.2012

Soapy drop moves with the magnetBritish researchers introduced their latest invention: a magnetic soap. This gadget might be very useful in water cleaning process.

Chemists and physicists from Bristol University managed to insert ferric particles into detergent surfactants. What was obtained works as a regular detergent – it cleanses and foams. However, the invention has a great advantage: magnetic properties, which could be used for control over the surfactant molecules. They could be either moved or removed from water together with grease and dirt. Traditional soap only dissolves the polluting substances, and they move to the water which was used for rinsing. The new invention would help to gather both surfactants and dirt.

It’s a shame that magnetic soap is still a concept: ecologists can’t wait to see it produced industrially.