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Chemical Engineering Applications to Study the Chemical Evolution and Biological Degradation of the Oil-Dispersant Systems and Subsequent Interaction with the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

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University of Alabama


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Funding Organization

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

This chemical engineering project focused on the studying the following: 1) the effects of BP dispersants on adsorption/desorption and the biological fate of persistent oil hydrocarbons, 2) enhancement of oil/dispersant degradation in mesocosms, 3) the effects of oil/dispersant on mobility and biotransformation of toxic metals in gulf coastal wetlands, and 4) the formation and fate of dispersant/oil/particulate in deep water.


Christoffer (Heath) Turner
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