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Matthew Tarr

University of New Orleans

Department of Chemistry

2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans , LA  70148  

mtarr@uno.edu

Project List:

Effect of Photochemistry on Biotransformation of Crude Oil

Year 3-5 Investigator Grants (RFP-II)Role: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Monitoring of Natural Resources in the Pontchartrain Basin following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Processes, Habitats, and Fisheries

Year One Block Grant - The Northern Gulf InstituteRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 6

2017

Cao, X., & Tarr, M. A. (2017). Aldehyde and Ketone Photoproducts from Solar-Irradiated Crude Oil-Seawater Systems Determined by Electrospray Ionization-Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Environ. Sci. Technol., 51(20), 11858–11866.
Harriman, B., Zito, P., Podgorski, D. C., Tarr, M. A., & Suflita, J. M. (2017). Impact of Photooxidation and Biodegradation on the Fate of Oil Spilled During the Deepwater Horizon Incident: Advanced Stages of Weathering. Environ. Sci. Technol., 51(13), 7412–7421.

2016

Tarr, M. A., Ray P.Z., Overton, E. B., Olson G.M., Adhikari, P. L., & Reddy, C. M. (2016). Weathering of oil spilled in the marine environment. Oceanog, 29(3), 126–135.

2015

Ray, P. Z., & Tarr, M. A. (2015). Formation of organic triplets from solar irradiation of petroleum. Marine Chemistry, 168, 135–139.

2014

Ray, P. Z., Chen, H., Podgorski, D. C., McKenna, A. M., & Tarr, M. A. (2014). Sunlight creates oxygenated species in water-soluble fractions of Deepwater horizon oil. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 280, 636–643.

2011

Soniat, T. M., King, S. M., Tarr, M. A., & Thorne, M. A. (2011). Chemical and Physiological Measures on Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) from Oil-Exposed Sites in Louisiana. Journal of Shellfish Research, 30(3), 713–717.

Conference Presentations - 24

2016

Harriman, B. H., Ray, P. Z., Aktas, D. F., Tarr, M. A., & Suflita, J. M. (2016). Effect of Photooxidation on the Biodegradability of Macondo Oil Sand Patties Deposited on Gulf Shore Beaches. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Podgorski, D. C., Ray, P. Z., Roland, N. V., Corilo, Y. E., Tarr, M. A., Guillemette, F., et al. (2016). Photochemical Degradation of Petroleum-Derived Water-Soluble Organics into the Background Dissolved Organic Carbon Pool. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans. LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Ray, P. Z., Podgorski, D. C., & Tarr, M. A. (2016). In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans. LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Ray, P. Z., Podgorski, D. C., & Tarr, M. A. (2016). Not all Oils Photodegrade Equally: The Dependence of Petroleum Composition on Photochemical Production of Hydroxyl Radical and Singlet Oxygen. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016. New Orleans. LA : 02/21/16-02/26/16.
Rodgers, R. P., Rowland, S. M., Chen, H., Corilo, Y. E., McKenna, A. M., Cingenpeel, A. C., et al. (2016). Oxidized Transformation Products from Macondo Well Oil. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16.
Tarr, M. A., Kountz, D. D., Ray, P. Z., Chen, H., McKenna, A. M., Harriman, B. H., et al. (2016). Compositional Changes in Oil Exposed to Sunlight. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2016. Tampa, FL : 02/01/16-02/04/16: Poster.
Tarr, M. A., Ray, P. Z., Le Bechec, M., Pigot, T., & Lacombe, S. (2016). Grafting Photosensitizers to Hollow or Magnetic Micro and Nanoparticle Supports for Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalysis. In 9th European Meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications. Strasbourg, France : 06/13/16-06/17/16.

2015

Clingenpeel, A. C., Johnson, J. T., Ray, P. Z., Tarr, M. A., Rodgers, R. P., & Podgorski, D. C. (2015). Characterization of Interfacial Material Isolated from Photochemically Weathered Crude Oil by Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry. In 10th North American Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry Conference. Key West, FL : 04/12/15-04/16/15: Poster.
McKinzie, O., Ray, P. Z., & Tarr, M. A. (2015). Solar Production of Singlet Oxygen and Hydroxyl Radical From Thin Oil Films in the Presence of Dispersant. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Ray, P. Z., Chen, H., Podgorski, D. C., McKenna, A. M., & Tarr, M. A. (2015). Photochemical Transformations of Petroleum on Seawater. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Tarr, M. A. (2015). Photochemistry of Crude Oil in Aquatic Systems. In IPREM Mini-symposium on Photochemistry and Photocatalysis. Pau, France : 06/30/15-07/01/15.

2014

Cote, J. M., Harriman, B. H., Kountz, D. D., Davidova, I. A., Suflita, J. M., Tarr, M. A., et al. (2014). Impact of Photolyzed vs. Non-Photolyzed Oil and Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons on Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in Gulf of Mexico Coastal Sediments. In Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Portland, OR , 5/18/14-5/23/14: Poster.
Cote, J. M., Harriman, B. H., Kountz, D. D., Davidova, I. A., Suflita, J. M., Tarr, M. A., et al. (2014). Impact of Photolyzed vs. Non-Photolyzed Oil on Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in Gulf of Mexico Sediments. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Kountz, D. D., Ray, P. Z., & Tarr, M. A. (2014). The fate of oil in sunlight exposed thin films is affected by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon sensitized photochemistry. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Podgorski, D. C., Ray, P. Z., Chen, H., McKenna, A. M., Rodgers, R. P., Marshall, A. G., et al. (2014). Photochemically-Induced Leaching of Water-Soluble Organics from Macondo Crude Oil into the Environment. In 62nd ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. Baltimore, MD : 06/15/14-06/19/14: Poster.
Ray, P. Z., Chen, H., McKenna, A., & Tarr, M. (2014). Identification of Water-Soluble Compounds Formed After Irradiation of Macondo Well Oil. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Ray, P. Z., Tarr, M. A., Chen, H., Podgorski, D. C., & McKenna, A. M. (2014). Effect of Dispersant on Molecular Composition and Fate of Oil Exposed to Sunlight in Seawater Systems. In International Oil Spill Conference. Savannah, GA 5/5/14-5/8/14: Poster.
Tarr, M. A., Ray, P. Z., Chen, H., Podgorski, D. C., & McKenna, A. M. (2014). Molecular Composition of Photoproducts of Oil from The Deepwater Horizon Spill. In IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry – XXV. Bordeaux, France : 7/14/14-7/18/18.
Tarr, M. A., Ray, P. Z., Kountz, D. D., McKinzie, O., Hayes, S., Stroud, J., et al. (2014). Optimizing Conditions for Photolytic and Photocatalytic Degradation of Spilled Oil and Oil Waste. In 20th International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Treatment of Water, Air, and Soil. San Diego, CA : 11/17/2014-11/20/2014.

2013

Ray, P. Z., & Tarr, M. A. (2013). Solar Production of Hydroxyl Radical from Petroleum Films on Water. In The First Latin American International Conference on Semiconductor Photocatalysis, Solar Energy Conversion, & Advanced Oxidation Technologies. Cartagena, Colombia, May 29-31, 2013.
Tarr, M. A. (2013). Nanoarchitectures for Enhanced Solar Conversion. In The First Latin American International Conference on Semiconductor Photocatalysis, Solar Energy Conversion, & Advanced Oxidation Technologies. Cartagena, Colombia, May 29-31, 2013.
Tarr, M. A., Ray, P. Z., Kountz, D. D., King, S. M., Duplessis, L. E., Olson, A. C., et al. (2013). Photolytic and Photocatalytic Transformations of Crude Oil in Aquatic Environments. In International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Treatment of Water, Air, and Soil. San Diego, CA November 17-21, 2013.

2011

King, S. M., Leaf, P. A., Carter, A. M., Whitney, A. R., Balga, E. A., & Tarr, M. A. (2011). Photolytic and photocatalytic degradation of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. In American Chemical Society Meeting. Anaheim, CA, March 27-31, 2011.

2010

King, S. M., Leaf, P. A., Carter, A. M., Whitney, A. R., Balga, E. A., & Tarr, M. A. (2010). Photolytic and photocatalytic degradation of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. In Joint 66th Southwest Regional and 62nd Southeast Regional Meeting of the ACS. New Orleans, LA, December 1-4, 2010.