Multifunctional Colloidal Particles as Dispersants for Maximizing Biodegradation of Crude Oil

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Rhode Island

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

GoMRI RFP-II: Investigator Grant

Project Location: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2013

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

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.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Brown University, University of Florida, University of Rhode Island

Project ID: 227
Project Name: Multifunctional Colloidal Particles as Dispersants for Maximizing Biodegradation of Crude Oil
SourceUID: 216
Latitude: 41.48620864
Longitude: -71.53005177
Country: United States of America
State or Province: FL, RI
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Oil System Safety Research
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Targeted Resource(s): Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Dispersants
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2015
Implementing Organization: University of Rhode Island
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Arijit Bose
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 401-874-2804
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Brown University, University of Florida, University of Rhode Island
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
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Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
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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: 0
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 1246900
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: GoMRI RFP-II: Investigator Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 1246900
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2013
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: CA-PB