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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Modeling Biodegradation and Methane Biogenesis

Jude Kong - Rutgers University 

Location:  Hill 705
Date & time: Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Abstract:  Modeling Biodegradation and Methane Biogenesis"Heterotrophic bacteria are primarily responsible for the decomposition of organic matter in many environments. In this talk, I will present a stoichiometric biodegradation model. As an important application, I will talk about the extension and data validation of our stoichiometric biodegradation model for predicting methane emissions from oil sands tailings in Alberta. Microbial metabolism of fugitive hydrocarbons produces greenhouse gas (GHG)  emissions from oil sands tailings ponds and end pit lakes that retain semisolid wastes from surface mining of oil sands ores. Predicting GHG production, particularly methane, would help oil sands operators mitigate tailings emissions and would assist regulators evaluating the trajectory of reclamation scenarios.