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Title: Methods for dispersing hydrocarbons using autoclaved bacteria

A method of dispersing a hydrocarbon includes the steps: providing a bacterium selected from the following group: ATCC 85527, ATCC 75529, and ATCC 55638, a mutant of any one of these bacteria possessing all the identifying characteristics of any one of these bacteria, and mixtures thereof; autoclaving the bacterium to derive a dispersant solution therefrom; and contacting the dispersant solution with a hydrocarbon to disperse the hydrocarbon. Moreover, a method for preparing a dispersant solution includes the following steps: providing a bacterium selected from the following group: ATCC 75527, ATCC 75529, and ATCC 55638, a mutant of any one of these bacteria possessing all the identifying characteristics of any one of these bacteria, and mixtures thereof; and autoclaving the bacterium to derive a dispersant solution therefrom.
Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Clinton, TN)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870697
Assignee:
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN) ORNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5578487
Contract Number:
AC05-84OR21400
Research Org:
LOCKHEED MARTIN ENRGY SYST INC
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
methods; dispersing; hydrocarbons; autoclaved; bacteria; method; hydrocarbon; steps; providing; bacterium; selected; following; atcc; 85527; 75529; 55638; mutant; possessing; identifying; characteristics; mixtures; autoclaving; derive; dispersant; solution; therefrom; contacting; disperse; moreover; preparing; 75527; dispersant solution; following steps; identifying characteristics; dispersing hydrocarbons; /435/405/588/