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The Many Faces of Dispersants: Effects on the Marine Environment During Oil Spills

Wei-Chun Chin, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UC Merced
  • The Many Faces of Dispersants: Effects on the Marine Environment During Oil Spills
  • 2015-10-29T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2015-10-29T13:00:00-07:00
  • Wei-Chun Chin, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UC Merced
When
Oct 29, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
Where
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Contact Phone
916-445-5100
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The Many Faces of Dispersants: Effects on the Marine

 Environment During Oil Spills

with
Wei-Chun Chin
Associate Professor,
School of Engineering
University of California, Merced

chin


In this talk, I will discuss the response of marine microbes to oil and a common dispersant (Corexit) used during oil spills. The focus will be on the role of microbial exopolymeric substances (EPS) on the transport and the fate of oil pollutants. I received my B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan. Then I came to the U.S. to join Bioengineering Department at University of Washington to continue my study. After I completed my Ph.D. degree, I moved to Biomedical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University for my postdoctoral training. My studies have focused on the application of polymer physics, microfabrication and engineering principles to biological systems. I have found these principles to be useful in understanding a wide range of biological systems including the study of airway diseases, the differentiation of stem cells, phytoplankton exopolymer release and the role of marine microgel assembly in the global carbon cycle.


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