Monthly Archives: November 2014

Publication Highlights Study Establishes Corexit Analysis Method 2505

Chemists from Oregon State University developed a method that detects and measures the chemical composition of the four Corexit surfactants in seawater. This research also helped to identify best practices that addresses the complexities of sample collection, handling, and storage for improved toxicity testing and biodegradation experiments. They published their findings in the 2014 Deep-Sea Read More

GoMRI Students Grad Student Li Creates Waves for Oil Dispersion Studies n an acrylic wave tank he designed and built himself at the Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Cheng observes a mechanically generated breaking wave and its associated turbulent flows. (Photo credit: Trevor Holmgren)

For Cheng Li, the beauty of our oceans is precious. He wants to protect that beauty by improving the tracking of and response to oil spills. Using a customized, self-built wave tank, he investigates the interactions between oil, dispersant, and breaking waves. Data from his wave experiments will contribute to better predictions about where and Read More

Publication Highlights Study Identifies Efficient Food-Grade Emulsifier as Dispersant Alternative 2510

Scientists from the University of Maryland and Tulane University investigated the possibility of using food-grade materials for oil spill remediation. Their goal was to find alternatives to synthetic detergents, such as Corexit 9500A, that are currently used for this purpose. As a first step towards this goal, they examined the stability of emulsions of crude Read More