Researchers are using Boron Nitride nanosheets to soak up organic pollutants such as industrial chemicals or engine oil. It turns out that this material (which is similar to graphene and sometimes referred to as "white graphene") is better than Graphene for this task.

Boron Nitride have an great area-to-weight ratio which means that they can soak a lot of material compared to their size (up to 33 times its own weight, depends on the pollutant it is soaking) . The researchers use porous sheets (sheets with holes in them) and these exhibit high "selective absorption and adsorption".