Our goal is to create global impact. We believe our innovation, “Sponge”, is the product to make it happen.
Sponge is a reusable, carbon based material that is super hydrophobic and oleophilic: meaning it repels water and absorbs any oil based contaminants. The multi-level porosity allows the material to absorb up to 15 times of its own weight, as well as trapping the absorbed contaminants within inner pores. The effectiveness of Sponge does not change with different salinity levels, allowing it to be used for the clean-up of all types of water.
Derived from sugar, our material is affordably scalable. It can be used in powder form and potentially be produced in fiber and composite structure. Coupled with Sponge’s other characteristics such as electromagnetic and thermal insulation, the flexibility of the material’s form and applications makes Sponge a self-giving gift. In addition to water decontamination, Sponge proposes applications in many other industries such as naval architecture, construction, textiles, aerospace industry and household goods.
Sponge team is a great example of engineers and designers joining forces: Prof. Ozkans' material science and engineering lab at UC Riverside and designers at international architecture and design studio Eray/Carbajo.
The team has created global awareness on the material in more than 30 countries, with more than 350+ publications including major outlets such as Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Discovery Channel and Huffington Post. The swimwear design Sponge Suit with the concept of “clean seas as you swim” won the Reshape International Wearable Technology Competition in 2015, and Sponge became a global finalist at Climate Launchpad 2016, winning 2nd Prize and Audience Favorite award.