The Design of Synergistic Dispersant and Herding Systems using Tubular Clay Structures and Gel Phase Materials
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
Oil System Safety Research
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
We propose to conduct fundamental and applied research to develop dispersant systems that are synergistic with the COREXIT class of dispersants C9500), but that may alleviate many of the disadvantages of C9500 without the need for entirely different chemical components. Our goal is to develop a new gel based dispersant that adheres to the oil and is buoyant, thus encountering oil efficiently, and has the potential to disperse weathered oil. We will also test if encapsulating these gels into the tubular lumen of halloysite will facilitate anchoring of microbial oil degrading communities to the interface, thereby enhancing biodegradation.