Project Team developing Cleanup Method for Stubborn Contaminants


Jens Blotevogel

Jens Blotevogel, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-director of the Center for Contaminant Hydrology, has received a three-year, $578,000 grant to test a promising new way to clean up PFCs, supported by the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.

Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a broad class of manufactured chemicals, touch every corner of the industrialized world. They’re impervious to traditional remediation strategies, and when they’re ingested in large quantities, like in contaminated drinking water, they may be dangerous to human health.

The project team includes Tom Sale, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering who co-pioneered the electrolysis method, and UCLA researcher Shaily Mahendra.

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