Aqua Sorb® is a cross-linked polymer, which only absorbs water-based or aqueous solutions. It is comprised solely of sodium polyacrylate. Particle size varies from ¼ inch to 45 microns in diameter. Aqua Sorb® has a physical appearance of a white Classified as a super-absorbent, Aqua Sorb® takes an aqueous solution from a liquid state to a semi-solid state that is a gel, not a completely solid waste mass.

The wide ranges of uses for Aqua Sorb® are in the agricultural, industrial and petrochemical areas. Applications for agriculture exist in lawn care, transplanting, water retention aid, seeding, hydro mulching, bare root shipping, gardening and soil conditioning. Industrial uses for Aqua Sorb® include water removal, water retention, fuel filters, thickening agents, water stop material, sludge dewatering aid, cold/hot pack media and battery acids. Within the petrochemical industry, the solidification of spills is its primary use.

Aqua Sorb® can absorb large quantities of water or aqueous solutions while retaining the liquid under pressure. The cross-linked polymers in Aqua Sorb® are insoluble in aqueous solutions and typically organic solvents. The hydrophobic nature of the product does not allow it to solublize in an aqueous medium. The gellation occurs from multiple hydrations of the lattice structure of the molecule; in layman's terms the water becomes part of the Aqua Sorb®  molecule rather than the molecule becoming part of the water.

Aqua Sorb® is superior to many alternative methods because Aqua Sorb® does not significantly increase the volume of the spill and waste for disposal. It expands in volume by less than 1%. Disposal costs are subsequently less. Another characteristic of Aqua Sorb® is its capacity. As Aqua Sorb® is solvated, chains unfold and ionic repulsive forces expand its molecules, creating large absorption capacities. Typically absorption capacity will range from 150 to 1000 times on a weight to weight basis. Absorption speed depends on the nature of the aqueous solution being absorbed; it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes for gellation to occur. Speed of absorption is a function of surface area and the degree and type of cross-linking. These factors also affect Aqua Sorb®'s gel strength. After using Aqua Sorb®, the absorbed fluid will slowly evaporate until it reaches a relatively dry state, depending on the humidity present. This dry material will again absorb water to the original level. The cycling phenomena will continue for several cycles; however, the absorbent capability of Aqua Sorb® diminishes with each use.

Disposing of Aqua Sorb® is very simply explained. The liquid Aqua Sorb® absorbs is the determining factor in disposal. If the liquid is hazardous, as a good rule of thumb the gellation of the liquid and Aqua Sorb® is also hazardous in nature. Remember Aqua Sorb® simply takes the liquid into a gel state, so it changes the physical make up and not the chemical make up. Depending on the absorbed product, Aqua Sorb® maybe suitable for landfill purposes. If a hazardous waste is absorbed it must be disposed of in an appropriate hazardous waste landfill. Review of Federal, State and Local waste disposal regulations is essential to determine the appropriate disposal alternative.

Other advantages:

  • Expands by less than 1% when hydrated
  • SEG certified incinerable material with heat value of 5560 BTU/lbs.
  • Strong ion exchange capability allows for heavy metals to be bound & waters to pass TCLP.
  • Absorbs over 250 times its weight in water
  • Freeze-Thaw Tested - will not release liquids after freezing and subsequent heating to 160° F
  • Produces over 5,000 BTU’s per pound when incinerated
  • Solidifies most aqueous solutions in less than 2 minutes—does not require mixing.

Aqua Sorb:

  • Is Non-Toxic, Non-Hazardous; does not produce heat or off-gasses.
  • Meets and exceeds EPA, OSHA, & ANSI Guidelines for absorbent material performances
  • Passes the Paint Filter Liquid Test (Method 9095)
  • Non-Biodegradable polymer (Per 40 CFR 264.314 (e) (1) (ii))
  • Expands by less than 1% when hydrated
  • SEG certified incinerable material with heat value of 5560 BTU/lbs.
  • Strong ion exchange capability allows for heavy metals to be bound & waters to pass TCLP
  • Absorbs over 250 times its weight in water
  • Freeze-Thaw Tested - will not release liquids after freezing and subsequent heating to 160° F
  • Produces over 5,000 BTU’s per pound when incinerated
  • Solidifies most aqueous solutions in less than 2 minutes—does not require mixing.


General spills, industrial facilities, sludge de-watering, medical facilities, classrooms, landfills, public transportation vehicles, flower shops, grocery stores, veterinary clinics and more!

Typical Absorption Ratios AUNL g/g
Free Swell in D.I. Water 250
1% NaCl solution 42
10ppm Cadmium 142
30ppm Cadmium 47
10ppm Chromium 130
30ppm Chromium 104
10ppm Lead 137
30ppm Lead 110

Polymers present an efficient, time-saving and safe chemical solution to the problems that modern industry faces in operating under ever tightening environmental restrictions. In certain municipal and industrial waste treatment situations, they perform in tandem with bacterial formulas. Some of the possible applications follow:

  • Influent water clarification
  • Sludge dewatering
  • Oil reclamation
  • Air flotation
  • Air scrubbers in steel, aluminum and other industries
  • Wastewater clarification
  • Metal plating waste thickening
  • Juice clarification
  • Dye removal



Foundries, Asphalt Plants, Cement Plants Air/water scrubbers, settling ponds
Food Processing, Vegetable Canning, Sugar Cane Processing, Fruit Preparation Flotation and Settling Tanks, Clarification, Wash Water Systems, Biological Treatment Systems.
Metal Plating or Finishing Treatment for Heavy Metals Removal, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Nickel, Cadmium, Chromium Removal, etc., and Oil Recovery.
Sand & Gravel Plants, Coal Preparation, Limestone Quarries, Iron Ore, etc.. Mineral Washing and Water Recycling Operations, Dewatering
Primary Metal Oil Recovery, Influent Clarification, Scrubber Systems, Thickening, Biological Treatment Systems.
Paper Biological treatment, Influent Clarification, Dewatering.
Other Industrial Operations, such as Glass Plants, Chemical Plants, Refineries, etc. Water Recycling, Oil/water Separators, etc.
 Municipal Potable Water Plants Drinking Water Clarification, Filtration
 Thickening, Centrifugation or Flotation Sludge Dewatering

More specifically:

Problem: Polymer usage benefit / application
Adhesives Replacement of animal glues Gummed paper tapes and labels
Aluminum anodization and surface treatment Chemical treatment of effluent Sludge treatment
Aluminum smelters Water recycling
Aluminum sulfate Impurity removal during process
Asbestos plate Improvement of filtration rates
Borax production Process
Brewing industry Effluent
Brine clarification Ca and Mg removal
Ceramic industry Effluent treatment Centrifugation aid
Chemical industry effluent Organic chemicals and inorganics Biological treatment sludge handling  Physio-chemical treatment
Clay and china clay production Water recycling Concentration
Coagulant Under certain circumstances polymers
Replace/partially replace inorganic coagulants
Coagulant aid i.e. flocculant reduction of 50% of alum
Coal washeries Settling of coal slurries
Settling of tailings
Filtration of coal
Filtration of concentrated tailings
Centrifugation of tailings
Cyanidation Gold mining
Dairy and milk industry Biological treatment of effluent Sludge handling
Dicalcium phosphate Wet process
Dredging and land reclamation Hopper dredges (slit settling)
Soil stabilization
Electroplating industry Treatment of hydroxides
Drying beds Reduction of drying time
Filter aid Sludge conditioning prior to filtration
Floatation aid Improvement of particle size prior to flotation
Food processing industry  
Hydraulic back-fill In mining operations
Industrial raw water treatment As a coagulant aid during treatment of river or underground water Dewatering of settled sludge
Iron ore Filtration of fines Settling
Iron and steel industry Steel works blast furnace gas washing
Clarification in steel rolling mills
Clarification of pickling water
Latex and synthetic rubber effluent treatment Effluent treatment
Leaching Uranium mining
Copper mining
Other mineral processing
Lithophone Process
Magnesia from sea water Sedimentation of magnesium hydroxide
Meat processing Waste water treatment
Motor industry Waste water treatment
Municipal sewage Primary sludge treatment
Digested sludge treatment
Drying beds
Sleeve belt presses
Physio-chemical treatment
Phosphate removal
Oil production Treatment of drilling water
Drilling Muds
Secondary oil recovery
Petroleum refineries Effluent treatment
Pharmaceutical industry Effluent treatment
Phosphate ore Water recycling
Phosphate removal In municipal effluent
Phosphoric acid wet process Acid clarification
Filtration rate
Reduction of P2O5 losses in gypsum
Potato industry Effluent treatment
Potable water Improvement of process efficiency
Treatment of hydroxide sludge
Reduction of alum consumption
Potash mining Impurity removal in salt cold and hot processes
Pulp and paper Treatment of incoming water
Filler fiber retention aid
Drainage aid
Flotation aid on save-all
Effluent treatment
Sand and gravel Water recycling
Clay removal
Settling aid Improvement of settling rates through use of flocculant
Design of compact units
Sugar processing Cane or beet sugar clarification
Water recycling in beet sugar industry
Tailing disposal In mining for environmental purposes or water economy
Tannery Effluent treatment
Textile industry Effluent treatment
Titanium dioxide manufacturing Clarification of "black liquors"
Processing of titanium dioxide slurries
Zinc electrolysis Acid leach
Natural leach

 Aqua Sorb is Available in the Following Sizes and Configurations:

Part # Description
AS-50 Aqua Sorb in 5 gallon D.O.T. bucket (30 lbs)
AS-50 Aqua Sorb in 50 pound bag
AS-DRM Aqua Sorb in 350 pound drums

Aqua Sorb - Potassium is Also Available for Applications in Soil that Won't Harm Plant Life or Grass in the Following Sizes and Configurations:

Part # Description
ASP-50 Aqua Sorb (Potassium Based) in 50 pound bag
ASP-DRM Aqua Sorb (Potassium Based)  in 350 pound drums

Richardson ISD Testimonial

To whom it may concern,

About three years ago I witnessed an amazing demonstration of how Bio-Matrix worked on different types of hydrocarbons.  After purchasing the product for use at our maintenance facility, I was equally impressed wiht the results I saw when used in a real life application.

Maintenance work on school buses can be very messy at times and the clay based products we formerly used would only add to the problem and leave a big mess on the floor.  Since using Bio-Matrix, I continually get comments on how clean our workshop floor is compared to the other workshops that still use clay based products.  On top of this, the clay would not get rid of the problem and just move it from one place to another where it could eventually get back into the environment.

Bio-Matrix on the other hand totally absorbs whatever hydrocarbon gets spilled, locking them inside and can be swept up immediately.  The same Bio-Matrix can be used again on other spills until the product is totally saturated before being dumped.  When it is dumped, we now have the peace of mind that we are doing our part to take care of the environment, as Bio-Matrix totally breaks down the hydrocarbons and biodegrades it.

Bio-Matrix is not only a superior absorbent over the competition, but pound for pound it actually works out to cost even less than clay!  I would not hesitate in recommending Bio-Matrix to anyone at all for their absorbent needs.


John Kelly
Executive Director of Transportation
Richardson ISD