Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Norma A. Alcantar

University of South Florida

Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

4202 E Fowler Avenue, ENB 118
Tampa , FL  33620  


Project List:

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

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Task Co-Lead

Publications & Presentations:

Book Chapters - 2


Buttice, A. L., & Alcantar, N. A. (2014). Sediment Removal with the Opuntia ficus-indica Cactus: A Water Purification Method for Communities in Latin America. In Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification (Vol. 1, pp. 98–103).


Stebbins, D., Buttice, A. L., Fox, D., Smith, D. M., & Alcantar, N. A. (2013). Cactus Mucilage as an Emergency Response Biomaterial to Provide Clean Drinking Water. In Monitoring Water Quality. Edited by Sut Ahuja, Elsevier (pp. 247–258).

Conference Presentations - 6


Alcantar, N. (2014). Frontiers on dispersant technology: the use of natural materials in oil spill cleanups. In International Workshop in Colloidal and Interfacial Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, SFA, 2014. Cancun, Mexico : 08/24/14 - 08/29/14.
Alcantar, N., Thomas, S., Guo, F., Perez, S., Toomey, R., Falahat, R., et al. (2014). Natural polymers use to manufacture 'green' membranes and surfaces. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. San Francisso, CA : 8/14/2014.
Falahat, R., Williams, E., Wiranowska, M., Toomey, R., & Alcantar, N. (2014). Enhanced targeting delivery to tumor cells using mucoadhesive chitosan and chlorotoxin. In American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL - 04/05/14-04/09/14: Poster.
Guo, F., Stebbins, D., Falahat, R., Thomas, S., Toomey, R., & Alcantar, N. (2014). Cactus Based-Mucilage as an Alternative Natural Dispersant to be Incorporated in Oil Spill Response Strategies. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14.
Zhao, W., Zhang, Y., Stebbins, D., Pettit, S., Ergas, S., & Alcantar, N. (2014). The use of natural ammonia removing agents for preserving bait and fresh caught fish. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.


Lara, J., Stebbins, D., Buttice, A., Fox, D., Vecino, X., & Alcantar, N. (2012). Opuntia Ficus-Indica Mucilage Extraction and Application as Green Technology for Sustainable Water Cleaning Processes on Off-Flavor Organic Compounds. In HENAAC Annual Conference. Lake Buena Vista, FL, October 11-13, 2012: Poster.