Sorbent-Amended Caps for PFAS-Contaminated Sediments

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL team photo
Our project develops a strategy to contain PFAS contamination in sediments using sorbent-amended caps. The video below introduces the problem, shows the development of a lab setup and expected results from model simulations, and summarizes plans for future research.

PI: Dave Lampert
Co-PI: Amandeep Sandhu
Student Investigators: Hossein Atoufi, Janhavi Khanolkar, Monika Manoharan, Anna Slominski, Anastasia Tomasek, Claire Snitovsky, and Hibatullah Taher.

EPA P3 Video Presentation

Poster (click to open a full size image): 
Sorbent-Amended Caps for PFAS-Contaminated Sediments poster

PFAS-contaminated sediments present a potential risk to the environment as a route of bioaccumulation via benthic organisms. Our project develops a strategy to contain PFAS contamination in sediments using sorbent-amended caps. We are using laboratory-scale simulations of sediments and caps with fate and transport models to determine the best design approach for contaminated areas. The results will benefit people in disadvantaged areas contaminated by PFAS using a relatively low-cost strategy by improving environmental quality.