Effective Control of Biofilms in the Petrochemical Industry

EPA Grant Number: R825503C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R825503
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: The Waste Minimization And Management Research Center
Center Director: Cassidy, Patrick E.
Title: Effective Control of Biofilms in the Petrochemical Industry
Investigators: Cassidy, Patrick E. , Venumbaka, S R
Institution: Southwest Texas State University
EPA Project Officer: Klieforth, Barbara I
Project Period: March 1, 1998 through February 28, 2003
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2004) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Targeted Research

Objective:

The Waste Minimization and Management Research Center (WMMRC) exists as a major entity within the Technology Development Branch of the Institute for Environmental and Industrial Science (IEIS) on the campus of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. The IEIS applies the multidisciplinary scientific and technological expertise of this hundred-year-old university to the solution of industrial and environmental problems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided primary funding for the WMMRC. The WMMRC’s mission is to apply the multidisciplinary scientific and technological expertise of Southwest Texas State University toward the utilization and mitigation of waste through the identification and optimization of resources and processes for the Texas petrochemical industry. The WMMRC will facilitate the formation of industrial partnerships to ensure that the concepts developed will be effective and, therefore, implemented.

The WMMRC’s short-term objective is to provide a small-scale laboratory to research and develop improved processes and methods for waste minimization and management. The WMMRC’s long-term objectives are to: (1) develop industrial partnerships and be a self-sufficient national research center; (2) focus on the product of research rather than on research alone; (3) provide an educated and trained workforce for Texas industry; (4) educate people on waste minimization and management; (5) create a supercritical fluid technology base for chemical processes; (6) provide information on industrial waste components; and (7) develop recyclable (polymeric) products.

The objective of this research project is to employ naturally occurring bacterial cells or all density quorum signal molecules to detect and control surface-adherent (biofilm) bacteria.

Supplemental Keywords:

waste minimization, waste management, petrochemical industry, liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, thermoplastics, polymers, desulfurization, biofilm,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, Aquatic Ecosystems & Estuarine Research, waste reduction, Environmental Chemistry, Sustainable Environment, Treatment Technologies, Technology, Aquatic Ecosystem, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Environmental Engineering, biofilm, cleaner production, sustainable development, waste minimization, petroleum industry, supercritical carbon dioxide, biotechnology, water quality, supercritical fluid reaction media, polymer design, alternative chemical synthesis

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R825503    The Waste Minimization And Management Research Center

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R825503C001 Separation and Analysis of Non-Volatiles in Petroleum Industry Products
    R825503C002 Reduction/Elimination of Industrial Wastes Using Supercritical CO2 as a Medium for Addition and Condensation Polymerizations and Preparation of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks
    R825503C003 Waste Minimization and Management of Thermoplastics
    R825503C004 Effective Control of Biofilms in the Petrochemical Industry
    R825503C005 Collaborations and Technology Transfer