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Mechanistic Microscale Approach to the Microbial Degradation of Oil-Droplets in Subsea Crude Oil Releases

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Project "OILY MICROCOSM" data sheet

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Organization address
city: CHANIA
postcode: 731 00

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Project website
 Total cost 176˙408 €
 EC max contribution 176˙408 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-01   to  2020-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS EL (CHANIA) coordinator 176˙408.00


 Project objective

In oligotrophic marine ecosystems, the natural or accidental release of crude oil marks the beginning of a season of feast for indigenous microbial consortia that have developed appropriate adaptive machinery to access and assimilate hydrocarbons. Biodegradation and bioemulsification are among the key processes by which marine microbes strongly affect the transport and fate of crude oil in the sea. Unraveling of the coupled physical and biochemical interactions between microbes and oil droplets will be a major enabler for achieving a new level of prediction of crude oil dispersion as well as for developing more efficient bioremediation techniques to combat oil spills in marine environments. The proposed research project aims at an improved understanding of the fundamental microscale mechanisms that underpin oil biodegradation with a highly innovative focus at both the single-droplet and droplet-population levels. In particular, at the single-droplet level, our focus is on the droplet-microbe interactions and the dynamics of biofilm formation over the oily substrate. Ultimately, the developing interfaces between biofilms, oil and water will be tracked and quantitatively visualized. At the droplet-population level, our focus is on the evolution of the droplet size distribution (DSD) and its impact on the average biodegradation rates for a cloud of oil microdroplets (10-60 um). The research methodology is based on a creative combination of state-of-the-art microfluidics, biochemical analyses and computational modeling. All in all, this project is expected to provide a unique and original approach to a fundamental problem in microbial ecology that has wide societal and economical repercussions. Importantly, a profound impetus will be given to the Researcher’s career via strengthening his publication record and his professional network of contacts.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 George E. Kapellos, Nicolas Kalogerakis, Patrick S. Doyle
Theoretical and numerical modeling of the biodegradation of oil microdroplets moving in a water column
published pages: TP0441, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 12th Panhellenic Scientific Conference on Chemical Engineering 2020-02-13
2019 Kapellos G.E., Nagarajan M.B., Kalogerakis N. and Doyle P.S.
Evaluation of a new millifluidic device for the consistent determination of oil droplet biodegradation kinetics
published pages: CEST2019_00641, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2020-01-30
2018 George Kapellos, Christakis Paraskeva, Nicolas Kalogerakis, Patrick Doyle
Theoretical Insight into the Biodegradation of Solitary Oil Microdroplets Moving through a Water Column
published pages: 15, ISSN: 2306-5354, DOI: 10.3390/bioengineering5010015
Bioengineering 5/1 2020-01-16

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