The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB)

The laboratories involved in Kill•Spill will provide amongst others expertise in characterising surfactant-water-oil phase behaviour and structure as well as solvent effects on polymer conformation. The techniques employed encompass: light scattering (dynamic & static); small-angle X-ray scattering; rheology (oscillatory & shear); optical microscopy (confocal, fluorescence); atomic force microscopy (with fluid cell); quartz crystal microbalance (with dissipation).
Main tasks in the project

  • Biosurfactant evaluation as dispersants; surface characterization in presence of oil, dispersant (WP3)
  • Innovative dispersant formulations: bio-based, controlled release, timed release, triggered release (WP6)
Paschalis Alexandridis - Contact this person by email

PA is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Co-Director of the Materials Science & Engineering program at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY). PA’s research addresses interconnections between molecular interactions and supramolecular assemblies, and between structured assemblies and their properties and function. He has chaired the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Area 1C: "Interfacial Phenomena", and has served on the executive board of the AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum.

Marina Tsianou - Contact this person by email

MT is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY). She studied associating polymers for her PhD at Lund University, and then worked in the Xerox Corp. Ink-Jet Business Unit prior to joining UB. Her current research focuses on thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of polymer-mediated crystallization, structure and dynamics of layer-by-layer films, dissolution processing for effective biomass utilization, and surfactant-polymer-nanoparticle interactions with applications in formulating dispersants for sea oil releases.