Indian American-led Tulane Research Team to Study Oil’s Effects on Gulf of Mexico

Tulane University professor Vijay John was among 22 researchers awarded money by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative program to study the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Paula Burch-Celentano/Tulane University 2013)

(Click to enlarge) Tulane University professor Vijay John was among 22 researchers awarded money by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative program to study the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Paula Burch-Celentano/Tulane University 2013)

A research team from Tulane University, led by Indian American Vijay John, has been awarded $4 million to study the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico.

(From India West) — The university announced Nov. 24 that three researchers’ proposals were among 22 projects being funded by the latest Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative program.

The more than $4 million given by the GoMRI program was awarded to scientists in the school of science and engineering, public health and tropical medicine, as well as the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American studies, according to a Tulane University statement.

John, the Leo S. Weil professor of engineering at Tulane, is the principal investigator of a project to improve dispersants, which help break up oil into small droplets.

His research team was awarded $1.2 million for their project, “The Design of Synergistic Dispersant and Herding Systems using Tubular Clay Structures and Gel Phase Materials,” to develop different materials that will better work to disperse weathered oil and high viscosity crudes, according to Tulane.

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