Dayton T. Horvath, a graduate and chemistry major at the University of Connecticut, reportedly co-authored a research paper that's been published in a distinguished science journal.
According to a report in CLAS Today, Horvath's paper published in the peer-reviewed Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences outlines an environmentally-safe process that could be used to clean up oil spills, such as the major BP spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
According to the report, Horvath and his colleagues, under the direction of UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Steven Suib, used the surfactant VeruSOL Marine 200, produced in Connecticut by VeruTEK Technologies Inc., in a special process to break down an oil/water mixture into small particles.
Suib and VeruTEK have reportedly applied for a patent on the process.
Last year given to a UConn undergraduate, University Scholar. He was one of fewer than 20 students to earn the award, which he received based on his research proposal, according to an announcement.
Horvath reportedly had another research paper he co-authored .
For more, check out the report on the UConn College of Liberal Arts & Sciences website.