Common Absorption Magic
Rachel Cheng, Jennifer Wong
Eric Hamber Secondary
Floor Location : S 068 H

Oil spill is a global problem that affects the well-being of all inhabitants of planet Earth. In particular, marine spills affect humans and aquatic wildlife as oil tankers carrying transporting products such as crude oil, fuel oil, and petroleum. The purpose of this project is to investigate the absorption abilities of the common everyday materials of hair and pomelo peel. This can be applied to the efforts towards marine spill cleanup serving as an inexpensive, renewable, and eco-friendly alternative. We will compare the two materials and determine which will be the better alternative by testing the absorption abilities of each material versus common marine pollutants. We hypothesize that hair will have a greater absorption ability as it has been proven through our research because it is made up of proteins. The results of our experiments verifies our hypothesis as hair had a higher absorption ability than pomelo, no matter the pollutant. In our efforts to find a way to incorporate the renewable materials in cleaning up oil spills, we are focussed on examining the absorption ability of the material versus crude oil. Crude oil is a common product transported by oil tankers which has negative effects on the abiotic and biotic parts of the environments as well as the economy of the country.