Designing Nanoparticle-based Dispersants with Improved Efficiency and Biocompatibility

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Tulane University

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Dispersants Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The objective of the proposed research is to develop a platform of next-generation oil dispersants with superior uptake and stability, but with reduced toxicity, compared to existing remediation technologies. Our general approach involves the study of unimolecular micelles (UMs), which are materials that can stably encapsulate oil under any concentration conditions without requiring energy input. UMs have the remarkable property of dispersing oil in an equilibrium state, regardless of the environment. Based on our previous studies, UMs can be produced using a nanoparticle template, and we hypothesize that this platform can be extended to additional templates to elucidate how structural factors in the dispersant design affect performance (payload capacity, stability, toxicity) and cost. Our comprehensive approach will involve the synthesis and physiochemical characterization of novel dispersants, while integrating studies that determine nanotoxicological effects in fish development and growth.

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Affiliated Institutions

University of Florida

Project ID: 1039
Project Name: Designing Nanoparticle-based Dispersants with Improved Efficiency and Biocompatibility
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Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, LA
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Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Dispersants
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: Tulane University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Daniel A. Savin
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Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of Florida
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Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 457588
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 457588
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0