Microwave-Catalytic Membrane for PFAS Degradation

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ team photo
The video below showcases our updated results from this project activities including major experimental findings and student participation. Specifically, this video will demonstrate the principles and chemical reaction mechanisms of microwave catalysis that takes place on the membrane surface. The results of PFAS degradation kinetics are discussed under different reaction conditions.

Project PI: Wen Zhang Project Lead: Fangzhou Liu
Ph.D. Candidate Master students: Krishna Cherith Kollippara Venkata Sai, Courtney Potts
Undergraduate students: Jeffrey Luke, Samuel Solomon, Ashish Kokkula, Humza Abdali

EPA P3 Video Presentation

Poster (click to open a full size image): 
Microwave-Catalytic Membrane for PFAS Degradation poster

This project will embark on an innovative microwave-assisted membrane filtration (MWM) system that combines microwave catalysis and microfiltration to enhance the removal of PFOA and PFOS (two model Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances or PFASs). The project will examine (1) the production of nanobubbles and hydroxyl radicals on catalyst-coated membrane surface under microwave irradiation; (2) the potency of pollutant degradation and antifouling performances under microwave irradiation, including the analysis of degradation by-products and water matrix effects (e.g., presence of dissolved organic matters or high salinity).