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Development of Cost-Efficient and Concentration-Independent Dispersants for Improved Oil Spill Remediation

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Tulane University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Oil System Safety Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Although many alternatives to fossil fuels are being developed, worldwide demand for oil as a fuel will remain high for many decades, sustaining both drilling and shipping of petroleum throughout the world's waterways and making future oil spills inevitable. The active ingredients of traditional dispersants used to remediate oil spills are surfactants that break up the oil into microdroplets by stabilizing the oil-water interface. Once dispersed, the oil biodegrades more rapidly and is less toxic.


Scott M. Grayson
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