Synthesis, Swelling, and Force Generation of an Organosilica Material

Paul Bonvallet

Osorb(TM) is an organosilica material discovered by Dr. Paul Edmiston and his research students in the Department of Chemistry at the College of Wooster. Also referred to as “swellable glass,” this material is incredibly hydrophobic and can absorb many times its own mass in organic liquids like acetone. The reversible swelling has been used in environmental remediation projects and gave rise to ABS Materials, a company in Wooster. There are a range of research projects dealing with Osorb:

Students will help to design their experiments in the areas described above. Some experience with chemistry laboratory techniques is helpful, but not required. Curiosity, creativity, and attention to detail are essential in these projects.