Environmental Science and Engineering Project 1: Fate, Transport, and Mitigation
ESE Research Project #1: Fate and Mitigation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in
Contaminated Biosolids/Soils to Protect Human Health
Key Aims: (i) Characterize PFAS profiles in contaminated biosolids and AFF-impacted soils and identify pollution sources, (ii) Elucidate the fate and transport of PFAS in biosolid-soil-water systems, and (iii) Develop innovative mitigation techniques to prevent PFAS leaching from contaminated biosolids and AFFF-impacted soils.
Study Sites/Community: AFFF-impacted soil samples will be collected from the Superfund site in Rantoul (i.e. Chanute), operated as fire training facility since 1970; Biosolids will be collected from the WWTP in Rantoul (close to Chanute); Samples from University of California, Riverside.
Integration: Environmental Science and Engineering Project 1 informs Environmental Science and Engineering Project 2 on types of PFAS present in the samples to develop treatment processes and guides BSE1/2 on compounds for cancer studies. The Analytical Services Core and Data Management and Analysis Core will be utilized for sample preparation, experiments and data analysis. The Community Engagement Core will assist in field research with trainees in the Research Experience and Training Coordination Core and community activities.