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PhD students wins poster competition at IMOG 2017

Congratulations to Aleksandra Svalova for winning best PhD research student Poster Prize at the 28th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry (IMOG). The conference took place in Florence, Italy from 17-22 September 2017.

The poster is entitled:

"Determination of asphaltene critical nanoaggregation region using ultrasonic velocity measurements"

Co-authored with scientists from Newcastle and Leeds Universities.

Aleksandra is supervised by Dr. Geoff Abbott in the Geosciences Group at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and Dr. Nick Parker in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics.

The research is based on detecting when molecules in petroleum, known as asphaltenes, stabilise water-in-crude oil emulsions. Such as those formed during the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in The Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The paper also provides fundamental scientific insights into colloid formation. This research may lead to more efficient methods of cleaning up oceanic oil spills.

Dr. Abbott said

“We are very pleased that Aleksandra has received recognition for her hard work. We look forward to seeing her contribute more to the field in the years to come.”

PhD student Aleksandra Svalova wins poster competition for Organic Chemistry

published on: 25 September 2017