Biorenewable Seafood Wastes for Removal or in Situ Remediation of Complex Oil Or Oil/Dispersant Mixtures in the Gulf of Mexico

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Alabama

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: Alabama

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Petroleum Dispersants

Project Description

Crude oil spills, such as that of BP’s Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, require environmentally safe and inexpensive, but effective, solutions for cleanup. One strategy we are pursuing is the use of natural sorbent materials that are readily available from seafood wastes and are fully compatible with the Gulf environment.
In this study, the absorption of crude oil from water was carried out using dried, ground shrimp shell of different particle sizes and two different kinds of chitin extracted and reconstituted from shrimp shell.

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Project ID: 186
Project Name: Biorenewable Seafood Wastes for Removal or in Situ Remediation of Complex Oil Or Oil/Dispersant Mixtures in the Gulf of Mexico
SourceUID: 118
Latitude: 33.21562015
Longitude: -87.5403941
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Targeted Resource(s): Dispersants
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: University of Alabama
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Robin D. Rogers
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 205-348-4323
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 25300
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 : 25300
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0