Research on the environmental effects of BP’s Macondo crude oil spill continues at CAMD

A part of the BP-funded project “The Science and Technology of Dispersants as Relevant to Deep Sea Oil Releases”  will be conducted at CAMD.  This project is one of the two awarded to Louisiana institutions by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative on August 30, 2011.

The lead investigator of the project is  Dr. Vijay John of Tulane University. The total award amount is $13.98 million over three years.  Only eight projects were funded by the GRI Board from 77 submissions. LSU participants in the project are Drs. K.T. Valsaraj, Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, and Francisco Huang from Chemical Engineering; Dr. Paul Russo from Chemistry and Dr. Amitava Roy from CAMD. Drs. Russo and Roy will be using the small angle X-ray scattering facility at CAMD to investigate the molecular scale and microscopic changes in crude oil when dispersants are used to treat oil spill deep in the sea.

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