Containment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances to Protect Surface Water

The widespread existence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment represents an emerging issue due to their stability, bioaccumulation potential, and risks to human and ecological well-being. Areas where PFAS have been released into the environment have now pose bioaccumulation risks. One approach for risk reduction is to contain the contamination in-situ to prevent exposure. This project provides new insight into the efficacy of PFAS remediation using in-situ capping technologies to protect surface water resources from contaminated groundwater. The results are expected to be of value to communities that are at risk of exposure to PFAS. The objectives of the project are to:

  1. build laboratory experimental systems to examine the effectiveness of caps for PFAS containment that include pore water upwelling,
  2. develop methods to measure a wide range of PFAS in water samples,
  3. present results of PFAS containment research to a wide range of researchers and professionals at a national conference.
  • PI: David Lampert
  • PI Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • September 1, 2021 – February 28, 2023