Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Piero R. Gardinali

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Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Rudolf Jaffe

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Third Advisor's Name

John Landrum

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Committee member


Petroleum, toxicity, droplet size distribution, PAHs

Date of Defense



This work detailed the physical and chemical characterization of oil water mixtures prepared using fresh and weathered Macondo related oils under different conditions of mixing energy/time and in the presence/absence of chemical dispersants. The results indicated that WAFs produced consistent, droplet free solutions for both source and weathered oils with concentration ranges that represented the soluble components of the oil used. Chemically enhanced WAFs prepared with the source oil generated a large amount of micron-size droplets; however the viscosity of the weathered oils were a limiting factor for the preparation of CEWAFs with weathered oils. Droplet size distributions were influenced by the amount of energy in the system and the oil weathering stage, when high energy WAFs were made the increase in weathering of the oil resulted in the formation of smaller droplets that were more stable over time.



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