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Multifunctional Colloidal Particles as Dispersants for Maximizing Biodegradation of Crude Oil

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University of Rhode Island


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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

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest in U.S. history. When final capping was completed on August 4, 2010, an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil had been spilled. The challenges associated with containment, mitigation and remediation of such spills are enormous. The ability to contain such spills is a difficult problem, requiring critical input and ideas that draw from a very broad range of scientific areas. The investigators on this project are assembled from a Gulf state (Florida), and Rhode Island, which has a large shoreline and has had several oil spills over the past fifty years. They each bring important separate expertise into the project including expertise in colloids, dispersion fluid mechanics, interfacial rheology and synthetic organic chemistry.


Arijit Bose
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