Technical Overview

MolecuLoc is proprietary formula of an alumina silicate member of the family of micro porous solids known as "Molecular Sieves." The term Molecular Sieve refers to a particular property of these materials, i.e., the ability to selectively sort molecules based primarily on a size exclusion process. This is due to a very regular pore structure of molecular dimensions. The maximum size of the molecular or ionic species that can enter the pores of a sieve is controlled by the dimensions of the channels. These are conventionally defined by the ring size of the aperture, where, for example, the term "8-ring" refers to a closed loop that is built from 8 tetrahedral coordinated silicon (or aluminum) atoms and 8 oxygen atoms. These rings are not always perfectly symmetrical due to a variety of effects, including strain induced by the bonding between units that are needed to produce the overall structure, or coordination of some of the oxygen atoms of the rings to cations within the structure. Therefore, the pores in some silica are not cylindrical. MolecuLoc has a proprietary formula to enhance its ability to capture these molecules.


MolecuLoc has a porous structure that can accommodate a wide variety of cations, such as Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+and others. These positive ions are rather loosely held and can readily be exchanged for others in a contact solution. This property of positive and negative ions, when used as a spill mitigation application, encapsulates the Hydrocarbon Molecules and electronically binds those molecules to the MolecuLoc product.


Alumina Silicate has been characterized as a carcinogenic if sized less than 3 microns. MolecuLoc is purposely built to be over 5 microns and is determined to be non-carcinogenic.



Conventional open pit mining techniques around the world are used to mine natural Amorphous Silicate. The topsoil is removed to allow access to the ore, and then replaced for environmental reclamation. The ore may be blasted or stripped for processing by using tractors equipped with ripper blades and front-end loaders. In processing, the ore is crushed, dried, and milled. The milled ore is then shipped in bags or bulk. MolecuLoc's current source is environmentally friendly with an extensive topsoil reclamation program. Currently, the world's annual production of natural Amorphous Silica is about 4 million tons.


Since the principal raw material used to manufacture MolecuLoc is Amorphous Silica, which is among the most abundant mineral components on earth, the potential to supply large quantities of MolecuLoc is virtually unlimited.



Commercial and Domestic

Amorphous Alumina Silica is widely used as ion-exchange beds in domestic and commercial water purification, softening, and other applications. In chemistry, these sieves are used to separate molecules (only molecules of certain sizes and shapes can pass through), and as traps for molecules so they can be analyzed.


Silicas have the potential of providing precise and specific separation of gases including the removal of H2O, CO2 and SO2 from low-grade natural gas streams. Other separations include noble gases, N2, O2, Freon and formaldehyde.  However, at present, the true potential to improve the handling of such gases in this manner remains unknown.

Petrochemical industry

MolecuLoc confines petroleum molecules in small spaces, which causes changes in their structure and reactivity. The Hydrogen (prepared by ion-exchange), part of the Hydrocarbon molecule is then released harmlessly into the atmosphere. The new molecule is now inert and can be safely discharged into a land fill (please refer to your local and state land fill regulations). MolecuLoc also serves as a fire suppressant when broadcast over a spill. Because it encapsulates the liquid, it interferes with the fumes required for ignition. MolecuLoc can be reused up to ten times (depending on viscosity) before being discarded to the landfill making it price efficient and an environmentally sound product. 


MolecuLoc meets or exceeds the Federal EPA "One Drop Rule"  See test results on page Test Results


Why is MolecuLoc different?

1. It sorts Hydrocarbon Molecules and encapsulates the molecules permanently.
2. It can be reused up to 10 times. (depending on viscosity)
3. It is GREEN.
4. It is land fillable in most states. (see your state/local environmental rules)
5. It absorbs up to 20 times its own weight.
6. It is a flame retardant.
7. It saves you time and money.