PowderSorb History

In the 1980’s a chemical substance was refined from an old idea.

During experiments the substance created micron sized hollow tubes that acted through capillary action to absorb and lock-in various targeted liquids.

Over time the substance was upgraded until it is now able to “grab and hold” liquids to 90% or more of its own volume, without increasing its volume. There are two variations of the product; one for liquids less dense than water and another that will absorb liquids equal to or greater than the density of water.

The current trade name of this amazing product is PowderSorb. The substance was used on a major crude oil spill from a leaking Russian oil tanker in the Baltic Sea, a bunker oil spill off the coast of Norway, and after being introduced to the United States successful utilization took place in Alaska following the Exxon Valdez crude oil spill in Prince William Sound in 1989. PowderSorb has also found uses in other regions of Europe, the United States and Australia.

Applied Science & Advanced Technologies, Inc. (ASAT) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana recently licensed the manufacture and sales of PowderSorb for the United States.

ASAT has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for use on the navigable waters of the United States. PowderSorb may also be used on other than navigable waters, on land, and as a non-toxic cleaning agent for animals, fish and amphibians; and as a bioremediation agent for hydrocarbon polluted land.

The Finnish firm BioQ Ltd., controls the know-how regarding PowderSorb.