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Environmental Chemistry of the BP Oil Spill

Implementing Organization

Jacksonville State University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$247,250

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Chemical studies of the BP oil spill will concentrate on distribution and time degradation of the oil spill compounds in the Gulf marine environment. Crude oil is a very complex mixture of low- and high molecular weight compounds, such as aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, asphaltenes, resins, and heterocycles. These compounds interact differently with the marine environment. For example, straight-chain aliphatic hydrocarbons degrade much more rapidly than aromatics or resins.

Contact

Jan Gryko
256-782-5218
gryko@jsu.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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