Navigation Links
A less toxic, more efficient dispersant is scientist's goal
Date:9/21/2010

agues at UB will be relying on their expertise on using macromolecules, nanoparticles and inorganic molecules as building blocks for high-end, multifunctional materials and products that ultimately improve the quality of life.

"When we study these surface interactions, we can learn how to control hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity -- their affinity, or lack of affinity, for crude oil -- as well as develop novel mechanisms to optimize their properties," she says.

Tsianou will explore the suitability of alternative solvents and surfactants, such as those found in processed foods, for some dispersant formulations, as well as mineral particles that could serve as environmentally friendly surface active agents.

"We also will take into consideration the different compositions that oil has, depending on its origin and the time elapsed since its release," she says. "Oil that comes from Alaska has a different composition than oil drilled from the Gulf of Mexico or the Middle East."

She and her UB colleagues will look at how mechanical disturbances, such as those caused by hurricanes and storms, affect the way that dispersant interacts with oil.

They also will study how local environmental conditions, such as those on the Great Lakes where, she points out, smaller-scale spills also occur, might influence how dispersants function and the long-term impact they might have on local wildlife and shorelines.

"If we make a more efficient dispersant, then we can use far less of it," she says. "Millions of gallons of anything, even a very benign material, is a lot to release into the environment."


'/>"/>

Contact: Ellen Goldbaum
goldbaum@buffalo.edu
716-645-4605
University at Buffalo
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Scientist IDs genes that promise to make biofuel production more efficient, economical
2. The jellyfish-like salp: Most efficient filter-feeder in the deep, scientists discover
3. Selenium makes more efficient solar cells
4. Molecules typically found in blue jean and ink dyes may lead to more efficient solar cells
5. Novel strategy for generating induced pluripotent stem cells for clinical use is safe and efficient
6. Human use heel first gait because it is efficient for walking
7. Method makes refineries more efficient
8. Switchgrass produces biomass efficiently
9. KINAXO launches KinAffinity services for efficient profiling of kinase inhibitors in cells or tissue
10. Carbon nanotubes could make efficient solar cells
11. Making more efficient fuel cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/8/2015)... , July 8, 2015  Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... diagnostics, today announced the launch of a study ... Precision Cancer Monitoring℠ (PCM) technology for predicting response ... or a combination of the novel immunotherapy agents ... a PD-1 inhibitor. The 50-patient study will be ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... Calif. , July 7, 2015  Based ... market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Credence ID, LLC ... Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. Credence ... to aid in its mission of offering enrollment ... populations globally. As Credence ID was formed by ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets( ... "Next Generation Biometrics Market by Application, Technology, Function & ... their offering. The next generation biometrics market ... a CAGR of 17.9% between 2015 and 2020 ... the market. Safran SA ( France ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Trovagene Initiates Study to Monitor Response to Immunotherapy in Melanoma Patients Using its Precision Cancer Monitoring Platform 2Trovagene Initiates Study to Monitor Response to Immunotherapy in Melanoma Patients Using its Precision Cancer Monitoring Platform 3Trovagene Initiates Study to Monitor Response to Immunotherapy in Melanoma Patients Using its Precision Cancer Monitoring Platform 4Frost & Sullivan Acknowledges the Distinctive Customer-focused Attributes of Credence ID's Mobile Biometric Product Suite 2Frost & Sullivan Acknowledges the Distinctive Customer-focused Attributes of Credence ID's Mobile Biometric Product Suite 3Frost & Sullivan Acknowledges the Distinctive Customer-focused Attributes of Credence ID's Mobile Biometric Product Suite 4Frost & Sullivan Acknowledges the Distinctive Customer-focused Attributes of Credence ID's Mobile Biometric Product Suite 5Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 2Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 3
... University of Iowa, Mayo Clinic and two other institutions ... potassium channel critical to survival and stress adaptation can ... reveals how the ATP-sensitive potassium channel in the heart ... and energy used. The study, which was done in ...
... In what amounted to a kind of census ... from 175 fields in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota shed light ... most troublesome weeds, the results also revealed some of the ... sweet corn yield in the Midwest. "Rather than a ...
... Scientists from the Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, ... and Jersey Meteorological Department, are working together on an ... of ,bluetongue, disease, reveals a study published today in ... with ecological information to anticipate when disease carrying midges ...
Cached Biology News:Study provides insight into pathway linked to obesity 2Sweet corn study provides large-scale picture of better fields 2Sweet corn study provides large-scale picture of better fields 3Scientists create early-warning system to defend rare Jersey cows from continental disease 2
(Date:7/28/2015)... ... July 28, 2015 , ... In terms of ... 2013; while production volume reached close to 1.84 million tonnes in the same ... of 75.5% of the region’s total aluminium hydroxide production; the country’s aluminium hydroxide ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... , July 21, 2015 Research ... addition of the "Biomedical Refrigerators and Freezers ... Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2022" report ... biomedical refrigerators and freezers market has been segmented ... centers, blood banks, and others. The others segment ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... NEW YORK , July 28, 2015 ... the Deerfield Healthcare Innovations Fund, L.P., which will invest ... therapeutic interventions in genetic diseases, cancer, and orphan diseases. ... that can transform how therapeutics are developed and improve ... The fund, one of the largest healthcare-focused venture funds ...
(Date:7/28/2015)... 2015  Kerastem Technologies announce that the Company has ... Center For Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Office of ... trial investigating the safety and feasibility of the Company,s ... pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). The phase II ... work in Europe and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:EU27 Aluminium Hydroxide Market Analysed and Forecast by BAC Reports in New Research Study Available at MarketPublishers.com 2EU27 Aluminium Hydroxide Market Analysed and Forecast by BAC Reports in New Research Study Available at MarketPublishers.com 3Biomedical Refrigerators and Freezers Market Report - Global Industry Analysis 2015 2Biomedical Refrigerators and Freezers Market Report - Global Industry Analysis 2015 3Deerfield Launches $550 Million Healthcare Venture-Capital Fund 2Deerfield Launches $550 Million Healthcare Venture-Capital Fund 3Kerastem Receives Conditional Approval from FDA for Alopecia Trial 2
... 2012 CannaBANK Inc. is proud to announce it has ... worldwide license for the use of TerraSphere Systems patented technology ... CannaBANK has created PhytoSPHERE Systems, LLC which will be the ... of the agreement are as follows: CannaBANK has ...
... J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) today announced that Richard H. ... Informatics effective May 1, 2012. He will be based in ... and directing the informatics programs at both the JCVI Rockville, ... pleased to have Richard as part of the JCVI team," ...
... LAKE FOREST, Ill., April 11, 2012 Hospira, Inc. ... of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, today announced that John ... April 16. In this role, Mr. Elliot will have overall ... member of Hospira,s senior leadership team. He will report directly ...
Cached Biology Technology:CannaBANK Acquires Rights to License PharmaSphere's Patented Growth System 2CannaBANK Acquires Rights to License PharmaSphere's Patented Growth System 3Richard H. Scheuermann, Ph.D. Joins J. Craig Venter Institute as Director of Informatics 2Richard H. Scheuermann, Ph.D. Joins J. Craig Venter Institute as Director of Informatics 3Hospira Names John B. Elliot Senior Vice President of Operations 2