DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2012
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.