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Radio Carbon Biofuel

Inventor: Christopher M. Reddy
Serial #: 12/768,049
Description: Complex chemical analysis of synthetic organic chemicals, natural products, and petroleum hydrocarbons: Detailed fingerprinting and environmental-fate studies. The characterization of all components of complex organic contaminant mixtures is used for establishing chemical fingerprints of contaminated soil or water.  The fingerprint may be re-applied to identify multiple sources of a particular pollutant. This approach can also be used prior and after a specific process, which in turn, allows for the losses of select or all compounds as well as the production of others to be monitored. The latter can provide invaluable insights into industrial and natural attenuation. Up to now, complete separation and visualization of complex contaminant mixtures required multi-stage physical separation and tedious techniques that often lead to doubtful quantification and loss of minor components.  To overcome such challenges, samples will be analyzed using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) with multiple detection modes. The rich data from this technology yields results that are otherwise unattainable with traditional chromatographic techniques.  This technology was developed in the lab of WHOI marine geochemist Chris Reddy and contributed to his being awarded the 2014 Clair C. Patterson Award from the Geochemical Society for analytical and scientific contributions to organic geochemistry. The C.C. Patterson Award recognizes one scientist a year who has led an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service to society.

Last updated: March 13, 2014