Chemistry in the Clean-Up: Oil Dispersants

Image from Kenneth Lee’s presentation

July 29, 2010, 12:00 -1:30 p.m.
SVC 202/203 Capitol Visitors Center


As part of the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil leak, chemical dispersants are being utilized on the ocean surface and, for the first time, underwater. Dispersants work like dishwashing detergent — they break up oil into droplets, enabling it to mix more easily with the surrounding water. This presents a trade-off: Mitigating damage to the shoreline and surface means exposing the seafloor and water column to additional oil. This briefing brings together experts on the effects of dispersants to discuss how they work, the ongoing efforts in the Gulf, the toxicological and ecological trade-offs of their use, and the future of dispersant technologies.


Honorary Host

The Senate Science & Technology Caucus
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

Opening Remarks


Ruskin standing at podium
Glenn Ruskin Director, ACS Public Affairs


Deborah Grubbe, Moderator Operations and Safety Solutions and Institute of Sustainability BioEmail 

Kenneth Lee Fisheries and Oceans Canada Presentation Slides BioEmail

Robert Diaz College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science Presentation Slides BioEmail

Nancy Kinner Univ. of New Hampshire Coastal Response Research Center Presentation Slides BioEmail

Go to page for Oil Dispersant Symposium at ACS National Meeting, Boston, August 24, 2010

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