Projects

2020-02-19T14:52:53+00:00

Influence of Marine Oil Snow on Oil Biodegradation

Influence of Marine Oil Snow on Oil Biodegradation The Deepwater Horizon blowout that occurred on the 20th April of 2010 led to the release of an unprecedented volume of crude oil (~4.9 million barrels) [...]

2020-02-19T14:09:12+00:00

MARISURF: marine surfactants

MARISURF: marine surfactants Figure 1. Emulsification of oil by an emulsifier. Surfactants and emulsifiers are surface-active performance molecules that intervene in almost every product and aspect of human daily [...]

2020-02-19T15:00:31+00:00

Dispersants

Dispersants Dispersants are globally and routinely used as an emergency response to oil spills at sea, with the goal to enhance the dissolution of oil into water and stimulate oil biodegradation processes. Effective emulsification [...]

Past Projects

2020-02-19T14:08:04+00:00

Marine microbes in a changing ocean

Marine microbes in a changing ocean Phytoplankton in the global ocean contribute significantly to life on Earth by performing approximately half of global carbon fixation and producing almost half of the oxygen in [...]

2020-01-13T11:46:31+00:00

Thraustochytrids for biotechnological applications

Thraustochytrids for biotechnological applications Thraustochytrids are osmotrophic protists widely spread around the world in seawater. The image above shows thraustochytrid cells localised and feeding on the surface of three pollen grains. For a [...]

2020-02-19T14:07:49+00:00

RealRiskNano: nanoplastics in the marine environment

RealRiskNano: nanoplastics in the marine environment Figure 1. Light micrograph of nano-scale plastic particles aggregated in seawater due to the ‘stickiness’ of EPS. Photo by Steve Summers. Contamination of [...]

2020-02-19T14:08:13+00:00

Marine Oil Snow

Marine Oil Snow One of the most catastrophic anthropogenic pollution events in the marine ecosystem are oil spills. With the rapid economic development and energy demand around the world, marine petroleum exploitation and [...]

2020-02-19T14:08:24+00:00

Wastewater treatment using micro-algae

Wastewater treatment Freshwater is a valuable resource that needs to be managed in a sustainable and responsible manner. However, increased anthropogenic activities have resulted in a rise in freshwater use with a similar [...]