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15 posts from February 2013


Korneev’s Software Leads to EOR Award

ESD’s Valeri Korneev, the startup company Seismos, and Bill Shelander, Tech Transfer’s commercialization expert, recently collaborated on developing software to fix current blind spots involved in enhanced oil recovery (EOR).


San Onofre: A Year Off the Grid

ESD’s Bob Budnitz discusses the safety problems behind the recent outage of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Diego, suggesting that the implications of a prolonged outage are mostly economic.


Janet Jansson Wins Microbiology Honor

ESD’s Janet Jansson was recently awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, recognizing her excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences.

Janet Jansson and “Earth’s Dark Matter”

In an editorial in the most recent (Feb. 2013) edition of Nature, ESD’s Janet Jansson poses the following question: Can omics “provide insight into microbial ecology that cannot be achieved using traditional methods?”


Korneev Seismic Sensor Animation

Strip the City (Science Channel-Discovery) will include a short segment devoted to the magneto-acoustic seismic sensor deployed in 2012 by ESD’s Valeri Korneev (aided by Paul Cook) at the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) site.

DSSS: Determining chemical and microbial Fe(II) oxidation kinetics in situ: How well do organisms compete with chemical oxidation?

ESD welcomes George W. Luther, Ph.D. (University of Delaware), presenting "Determining chemical and microbial Fe(II) oxidation kinetics in situ: How well do organisms compete with chemical oxidation? " February 8 at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


On modeling the potential impacts of CO2 sequestration on shallow groundwater: Transport of organics and co-injected H2S by supercritical CO2 to shallow aquifers

Proper site selection for CO2 geologic storage requires assessing the impact of potential leakage of CO2 from deep subsurface reservoirs to overlying drinking water aquifers

Functionalizing bacterial cell surfaces with a phage protein

Functionalization of bacterial cell surfaces has the potential to introduce new activities by chemical modification. ESD’s Harry Beller, Steve Singer, and others show that a bacteriophage–receptor complex can be used to functionalize the surface of two Gram-negative proteobacteria, Escherichia coli and Ralstonia eutropha with CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles.

Dissolution kinetics and mechanisms at dolomite-water interfaces: Effects of electrolyte-specific ionic strength

Elucidating dissolution kinetics and mechanisms at carbonate mineral–water interfaces is essential to many environmental and geochemical processes, including geologic CO2 sequestration in deep aquifers.

What's the flux? Unraveling how CO2 fluxes from trees reflect underlying physiological processes

Tree stems and branches emit carbon dioxide (CO2) at rates that per unit area can rival emissions from leaves or the soil surface and summed over a forest stand can comprise 14–30% of the total CO2 efflux