Our proprietary solution "HydroClean Pro" is available commercially and is designed to chemically alter hydrocarbons to the extent that they no longer pose a threat to the agriculture or seafood industry. An Engineering and Environmental Consulting Firm has found our product to be non-toxic, environmentally friendly, whose chief component is sodium silicate. We have both land and water applications. Once applied and reacted, it converts to a complex silicate.
Silica Polymerization is the process by which our product attracts hydrocarbons where they adhere to the silica surface as our product dries. Hydrocarbons are attracted to silica through London dispersion forces, which are the attractive forces that hold non-polar materials in liquid and solid states. Since the hydrocarbons in place while the silica polymerizes. Silica can be a very high surface area material that can attract a fairly large volume of material.
Since sodium silicate contains oxygen (0) atoms, there is also available a lone pair that would be capable of hydrogen-bonding interaction with water molecules in the mixture. The remaining parts of the molecule are hydrophobic and are involved in the London forces or the hydrophobic interactions of the two molecules - that is, the silicates and hydrocarbons.
As the water evaporates from the system, the-silicate molecule polymerizes (a chemical reaction in which two or more molecules combine to from larger molecules that contain repeating structural units) into a solid sandy matrix.
The following chemical formula illustrates the polymerization process. n Si(OH)4 (aq) ---}) (Si02) + 2n H20