Bioremediation of oil spills

Sánchez-Palencia González, Yolanda (2011). Bioremediation of oil spills. Proyecto Fin de Carrera / Trabajo Fin de Grado, E.T.S.I. Minas (UPM).

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Title: Bioremediation of oil spills
Author/s:
  • Sánchez-Palencia González, Yolanda
Contributor/s:
  • Canoira López, Laureano
Item Type: Final Project
Date: October 2011
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Minas (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Química y Combustibles [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Due to the increasing demand of petroleum everywhere, and the great amount of spills, accidents and disasters, there is an urgent need to find an effective, non-cost and harmless method to clean up the affected areas. There are microorganisms in nature (bacteria and fungi, mainly) that feed on hydrocarbons and transform them into others harmless chemical substances. These bacteria produce enzymes that degrade oil very effectively. This natural process can be accelerated by adding more bacteria or providing nutrients and oxygen to facilitate their growth, which is called ―bioaugmentation and biostimulation. Through this project we discover that these processes can be affected by different factors making difficult the biodegradation execution and opening a gap between the laboratory experiments and the real cases. Therefore, there is much remain to be done and a lot of study ahead to make this technique available in a great scale.

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Item ID: 10795
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/10795/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:10795
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Minas y Energía
Deposited on: 04 May 2012 10:00
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 19:00
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