There is a silica glass that can distill water. It was first discovered by scientists funded by a grant to improve airport security. They tried to make the nanostructured silica glass change color based on trace molecules, but instead got a glass that would keep expanding. Water cannot pass through the silica but other molecules can.
This new substance can absorb oil and lift 60,000x its own weight. When mixed with iron, this technology can capture phosphate. The water separated by the silica is distilled and even drinkable. There seem to be many possibilities for this new invention, but most importantly this discovery will be useful for cleaning oil spills. This product might be invaluable for protecting the environment in other ways too.
Note that the name of the company that produces this glass is called Osorb
photo courtesy of wksu.orgTag(s) : Silica, Glass, distill, water, Osorb, trace,