—Oil spills have tremendous effects on environment, ecology, economy, and the society as a whole. There are several techniques being used for oil spill cleanup i.e in-situ burning of oil, mechanical tools (booms and skimmers), chemical dispersants, steam flushing and also by using natural fibers as sorbents. In this research, oil sorbent material was produced from kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.
) fibers. Three sorbent materials were made from of various fiber particle sizes and tested for their oil absorbent properties. The results showed that sorbent produced from a 1.70 cm2-sized kenaf fibers achieved the highest absorption value of 8.2327 g/g and saturation value of 0.0385 N/Mins respectively. In this study, the 1.70 cm2
-sized sorbent also demonstrated the strongest fiber bonding compared to those of 0.04 cm2
-sized and 0.80 cm2
-sized sorbents. This was confirmed by microstructure analysis conducted using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The oil sorbent materials produced in this study were found to have superior absorption value compared to other fiber-based oil sorbents such as Sisal (Agave sisalana
), Coir (Cocos nucifera
) and loofa sponge (Luffa cylindrica
—Sorbent materials, kenaf, Hibiscus cannabinus L.
, oil spill.
Ridwan Shamsudin is with Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Hanisom Abdullah and Som Cit Sinang are with the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Cite:Ridwan Shamsudin, Hanisom Abdullah, and Som Cit Sinang, "Properties of Oil Sorbent Material Produced From Kenaf Fiber," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 551-554, 2015.