Research

Using Ecology-on-a-Chip (eChip) to Examine Degradation and Microbial Colonization of Rising Oil and Dispersed Oil Droplets

Project Number
1151
Program
Progress Date
09/01/2022
Category
Performing Activity
Principal Investigator
Dr. Jian Sheng
Contracting Agency
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Contract Award Value
$549,327.00
Estimated Completion Date
02/28/2024
Description

The goal of this project is to use a microfluidic platform (known as eChip) to assess key degradation hypotheses related to dissolution and microbial degradation of untreated and dispersed oil droplets. The objectives are two-fold:
(1) Determine if the degradation rate of rising oil microdroplets (through dissolution and microbial degradation) can be quantified using the eChip by measuring degradation on both untreated and dispersed oil during 14-day biodegradation studies using multiple oils; and 
(2) Assess the impact of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) streamers over oil microdroplets on a larger scale for fate and transport models. 

Latest progress update

NA

Status
In Progress
Peer Review Status
N/A