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Biorenewable Seafood Wastes for Removal or in Situ Remediation of Complex Oil Or Oil/Dispersant Mixtures in the Gulf of Mexico

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University of Alabama


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Chemical Aspects Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Crude oil spills, such as that of BP's Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, require environmentally safe and inexpensive, but effective, solutions for cleanup. One strategy we are pursuing is the use of natural sorbent materials that are readily available from seafood wastes and are fully compatible with the Gulf environment. In this study, the absorption of crude oil from water was carried out using dried, ground shrimp shell of different particle sizes and two different kinds of chitin extracted and reconstituted from shrimp shell.


Robin D. Rogers
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