DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011
The recent BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill has resulted in releases of unprecedented amounts of crude oil and oil dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico. Many petroleum hydrocarbons and PAHs are known to be carcinogenic, highly adsorptive to sediment and recalcitrant to natural attenuation. The overall goal of this explorative research is to fill the knowledge gap on the roles of photochemical reaction and ozonation in oil weathering and to determine the effects of the oil dispersants and adsorption on these chemical processes.