The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEGs) is home to internationally renowned petroleum microbiology and geochemistry research groups. Their research combines strengths in molecular microbial ecology and petroleum geochemistry to allow for a comprehensive understanding of biogeochemical processes in surface environments and in subsurface petroleum reservoirs. State of the art molecular biology facilities complement a complete suite of instruments for organic geochemistry, including GC-IR-MS, LC-MS, and various types of GCMS.
Main tasks in the project
- Determining factors controlling the fate of crude oil in anoxic sediments (WP5)
- Determining growth yields and kinetics of oil degrading bacteria for integration in process models (WP5)
- Determining the fate of crude oil on sunken sorbent materials in anoxic sediments (WP3)
- Determining the significance of anaerobic oil degradation in large scale field tests (WP 8)