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Vijay T. John

Tulane University

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Lindy Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology, Suite 300
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans , LA  70118  

vj@tulane.edu

Project List:

Molecular Engineering of Food-Grade Dispersants as Highly Efficient and Safe Materials for the Treatment of Oil Spills

Year 6-8 Investigator Grants (RFP-V)Role: Co-Principal Investigator

The Design of Synergistic Dispersant and Herding Systems using Tubular Clay Structures and Gel Phase Materials

Year 6-8 Investigator Grants (RFP-V)Role: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Consortium for the Molecular Engineering of Dispersant Systems (C-MEDS)

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact, Task Co-Lead

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 14

2016

John, V., Arnosti, C., Field, J., Kujawinski, E., & MacCormick, A. (2016). The Role of Dispersants in Oil Spill Remediation: Fundamental Concepts, Rationale for Use, Fate, and Transport Issues. Oceanog, 29(3), 108–117.
Owoseni, O., Nyankson, E., Zhang, Y., Adams, D. J., He, J., Spinu, L., et al. (2016). Interfacial adsorption and surfactant release characteristics of magnetically functionalized halloysite nanotubes for responsive emulsions. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 463, 288–298.

2015

Benner, S. W., John, V. T., & Hall, C. K. (2015). Simulation Study of Hydrophobically Modified Chitosan as an Oil Dispersant Additive. J. Phys. Chem. B, 119(23), 6979–6990.
Gupta, D., Sarker, B., Thadikaran, K., John, V., Maldarelli, C., & John, G. (2015). Sacrificial amphiphiles: Eco-friendly chemical herders as oil spill mitigation chemicals. Science Advances, 1(5), e1400265.
Nyankson, E., Owoseni, O., John, V. T., & Gupta, R. B. (2015). Surfactant-Loaded Halloysite Clay Nanotube Dispersants for Crude Oil Spill Remediation. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 54(38), 9328–9341.
Owoseni, O., Zhang, Y., Su, Y., He, J., McPherson, G. L., Bose, A., et al. (2015). Tuning the Wettability of Halloysite Clay Nanotubes by Surface Carbonization for Optimal Emulsion Stabilization. Langmuir, 31(51), 13700–13707.
Riehm, D. A., Neilsen, J. E., Bothun, G. D., John, V. T., Raghavan, S. R., & McCormick, A. V. (2015). Efficient dispersion of crude oil by blends of food-grade surfactants: Toward greener oil-spill treatments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 101(1), 92–97.
Saha, A., John, V. T., & Bose, A. (2015). In Situ Assembly of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Nanoparticles at Oil-Water Interfaces as a Versatile Strategy To Form Stable Emulsions. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 7(38), 21010–21014.

2014

Athas, J. C., Jun, K., McCafferty, C., Owoseni, O., John, V. T., & Raghavan, S. R. (2014). An Effective Dispersant for Oil Spills Based on Food-Grade Amphiphiles. Langmuir, 30(31), 9285–9294.
Owoseni, O., Nyankson, E., Zhang, Y., Adams, S. J., He, J., McPherson, G. L., et al. (2014). Release of Surfactant Cargo from Interfacially-Active Halloysite Clay Nanotubes for Oil Spill Remediation. Langmuir, 30(45), 13533–13541.

2013

Katepalli, H., John, V. T., & Bose, A. (2013). The Response of Carbon Black Stabilized Oil-in-Water Emulsions to the Addition of Surfactant Solutions. Langmuir, 29(23), 6790–6797.
Saha, A., Nikova, A., Venkataraman, P., John, V., & Bose, A. (2013). Oil Emulsification Using Surface-Tunable Carbon Black Particles. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5, 3094–3100.
Venkataraman, P., Tang, J., Frenkel, E., McPherson, G. L., He, J., Raghavan, S. R., et al. (2013). Attachment of a Hydrophobically Modified Biopolymer at the Oil-Water Interface in the Treatment of Oil Spills. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5(9), 3572–3580.

2012

Wang, Y., Sunkara, B., Zhan, J., He, J., Miao, L., McPherson, G. L., et al. (2012). Synthesis of Submicrometer Hollow Particles with a Nanoscale Double-Layer Shell Structure. Langmuir, 28(39), 13783–13787.

Conference Presentations - 20

2017

Bothun, G. D., John, V., Blake, D., Swientoniewski, L., Omarova, M., Rocchio, J., et al. (2017). Growth of Alcanivorax borkumensis using oil dispersed by food grade amphiphiles. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
Lvov, Y., Panchal, A., Minullina, R., Zhang, D., Blake, D., Omarova, M., et al. (2017). Natural clay nanotubes for emulsification and bioremediation of spilled crude oil. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.
McCormick, A., Athas, J., Neilsen, K., Bothun, G., John, V., Raghavan, S., et al. (2017). Efficient Dispersion of Crude Oil by Blends of Food-Grade Surfactants: Toward Greener Oil Spill Treatments. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
McCormick, A., Athas, J., Neilsen, K., Bothun, G., John, V., Raghavan, S., et al. (2017). Efficient Dispersion of Crude Oil by Blends of Food-Grade Surfactants: Toward Greener Oil Spill Treatments. In 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN : 10/29/17-11/03/17.
Omarova, M., Swientoniewski, L., Blake, D., Lvov, Y., Zhang, D., & John, V. (2017). Modulating the fate of oil in near-shore environments. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17.
Omarova, M., Swientoniewski, L., Yu, T., Panchal, A., Lvov, Y., Blake, D., et al. (2017). The Role of Bacterial Biofilm in Particle-Stabilized Oil-in-Water Emulsions: Implications to the Biodegradation of Oil Spills. In 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN : 10/29/17-11/03/17.
Owoseni, O., Omarova, M., John, V., Bose, A., & Raghavan, S. (2017). Dispersion Effectiveness of Buoyant Gel Dispersants in Oil Spill Treatment. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2017. New Orleans, LA : 02/06/17-02/09/17: Poster.

2016

Owoseni, O., Omarova, M., & John, V. (2016). Oil dispersing gel-like surfactant mesophases and their structures. In 90th ACS Colloids & Surface Science Symposium. Cambridge, MA : 06/05/16-06/08/16.
Owosenie, O., Omarova, M., & John, V. (2016). Nanostructured amphiphile mesophases as buoyant gel dispersants. In 6th International Colloids Conference. Berlin, Germany : 06/19/16-06/22/16.

2014

Athas, J. C., Jun, K., McCafferty, C., Owoseni, O., John, V. T., & Raghavan, S. R. (2014). A safe and effective dispersant for oil spills based on food-grade amphiphiles. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Benner, S., John, V., & Hall, C. (2014). Simulations-based Design of a Hydrophobically-modified Chitosan Dispersant. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Owoseni, O., & John, V. (2014). Chemical Herding and Anchoring of Surface Oil Layers Using an Environmentally Benign Biopolymer. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Owoseni, O., & John, V. (2014). Novel water-based dispersant gels for treatment of oil spills. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Owoseni, O., & John, V. (2014). Water-based dispersant gels for treatment ofoil spilss. In 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting. Dallas, TX - 03/16/2014-03/20/2014: Poster.

2013

Saha, A., Nikova, A., Venkataraman, P., John, V., & Bose, A. (2013). Oil Emulsification by Surface-Tunable Carbon Black Particles. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2013. New Orleans, LA: 01/21/2013-01/23/2013.

2012

Saha, A., Nikova, A., Venkataraman, P., John, V., & Bose, A. (2012). Oil Emulsification by Surface-Tunable Carbon Black Particles. In American Chemical Society Meeting. San Diego, CA, March 22-25, 2012.
Saha, A., Nikova, A., Venkataraman, P., John, V., & Bose, A. (2012). Oil Emulsification by Surface-Tunable Carbon Black Particles. In American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA, October 28 - November 2, 2012.
Venkataraman, P., John, V., & Raghavan, S. (2012). Enhanced Effectiveness of Dispersants in Oil Spill Remediation Through the Use of Modified Polysaccharides. In American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA, October 29, 2012.
Wang, Y., & John, V. (2012). Hybrid Bilayer Hollow Submicron Particles with Carbon and Silica Nanoshells Fabricated Through a Template Free Process and Their Applications As Multifunctional Materials. In American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA, October 30, 2012.
Wang, Y., Sunkara, B., Zhan, J., He, J., McPherson, G., & John, V. (2012). Rapid assemby in the synthesis of hollow submicron magnetically responsive particles with a novel bilayer structure. In American Chemical Society Meeting -Colloid Surface Science Symposium. Baltimore, MD, June 10-13, 2012.