Advanced science.  Applied technology.


Microcapsules and Method for Degrading Hydrocarbons


A microcapsule for use in degrading a hydrocarbon comprising a core material, a coating material, and at least one microorganism capable of degrading said hydrocarbon, said core material comprising a lipophilic material containing nutrients necessary for the sustenance of said microorganism, said coating material being water-insoluble, and said capsule having a density such that said microcapsule is kept in close proximity to said hydrocarbon to be degraded whens said microcapsule is applied thereto; and the method of using the microcapsule to degrade hydrocarbons.

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James R. Scott;Mary C. Marshall;Matthew L. Alexander;Michael G. MacNaughton;H. Wade Schlameus