Utilization of the Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Composition of Individual Compounds in Refined Hydrocarbon Products To Monitor Their Fate in the Environment

EPA Grant Number: R830633C005
Alternative EPA Grant Number: R827015C032
Subproject: this is subproject number 005 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R830633
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)
Center Director: Sublette, Kerry L.
Title: Utilization of the Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Composition of Individual Compounds in Refined Hydrocarbon Products To Monitor Their Fate in the Environment
Investigators: Philp, R. Paul , Kuder, Tomasz
Institution: University of Oklahoma
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: September 1, 2004 through December 31, 2006 (Extended to August 31, 2007)
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research

Objective:

Progress of the first year of the project will be discussed using the framework of objectives defined in the proposal.

  1. Verification of the hypothesis that degradation is the primary factor leading to isotopic fractionation in the field.
  2. Verification of the hypothesis that stable isotopes provide both positive and negative evidence of biodegradation.
  3. A database of isotope fractionation by available microbial cultures, primarily of MTBE degraders (and as applicable – TBA and other gasoline compounds).
  4. A database of stable isotopic composition (carbon and hydrogen) of MTBE, TBA and other gasoline compounds (reference for data interpretation).
  5. A set of case studies of contaminated sites, primarily on MTBE and TBA, but ultimately on other gasoline-range contaminants.
  6. Development of a commercially viable method for site characterization based on the stable isotope values and trends observed in the results obtained from this study.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 10 publications for this subprojectView all 32 publications for this center

Journal Articles:

Journal Articles have been submitted on this subproject: View all 2 journal articles for this subprojectView all 8 journal articles for this center

Supplemental Keywords:

Water, groundwater, sediments, bioavailability, metabolism, VOC, organics, bioremediation, cleanup, environmental chemistry, analytical, EPA Regions (1 through 10), petroleum industry,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Waste, Sustainable Industry/Business, Sustainable Environment, Treatment Technologies, Remediation, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Environmental Engineering, contaminated sediments, decontamination, environmental technology, petroleum contaminated soil, petrochemicals, remediation technologies, environmental sustainability, petroleum industry, ecological impacts, environmental regulations, environmental education, ecological research

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2005 Progress Report
  • 2006 Progress Report
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R830633    IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R830633C001 Development of an Environmentally Friendly and Economical Process for Plugging Abandoned Wells (Phase II)
    R830633C002 A Continuation of Remediation of Brine Spills with Hay
    R830633C003 Effective Stormwater and Sediment Control During Pipeline Construction Using a New Filter Fence Concept
    R830633C004 Evaluation of Sub-micellar Synthetic Surfactants versus Biosurfactants for Enhanced LNAPL Recovery
    R830633C005 Utilization of the Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Composition of Individual Compounds in Refined Hydrocarbon Products To Monitor Their Fate in the Environment
    R830633C006 Evaluation of Commercial, Microbial-Based Products to Treat Paraffin Deposition in Tank Bottoms and Oil Production Equipment
    R830633C007 Identifying the Signature of the Natural Attenuation in the Microbial Ecology of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Groundwater Using Molecular Methods and “Bug Traps”
    R830633C008 Using Plants to Remediate Petroleum-Contaminated Soil: Project Continuation
    R830633C009 Use of Earthworms to Accelerate the Restoration of Oil and Brine Impacted Sites