Forty-nine SERDP FY 2016 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2016 SERDP Core and SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include groundwater remediation; ecotoxicity of perfluorinated compounds; munitions response in underwater environments; modeling munitions penetration in soils; changes in pathogen exposure pathways under non-stationary conditions; wildland fire combustion processes; military tactical aircraft engine noise; green manufacturing and maintenance; emissions from metal-based energetic and pyrotechnic formulations; and military munition demilitarization.

The tables below list the FY 2016 SERDP new start projects for Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Climate Change, and Weapons Systems and Platforms. As project overviews become available, links from the project numbers will be provided below. Information on these and other SERDP and ESTCP projects is also available under Program Areas.  

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-16-01: Measurement and Enhancement of Abiotic Attenuation Processes in Groundwater


Measuring and Predicting the Natural and Enhanced Rate and Capacity of Abiotic Reduction of Munition Constituents

Dr. Pei Chiu

University of Delaware


Compound Specific Isotope Analysis of Mineral-Mediated Abiotic Reduction of Nitro Compounds

Dr. William Arnold

University of Minnesota


Characterization of Enhanced Subsurface Abiotic Reactivity with Electrical Resistivity Tomography/Induced Polarization

Dr. Jim Szecsody

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Emerging Core Concepts for Assessment and Enhancement of Abiotic Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants

Dr. Paul Tratnyek

Oregon Health & Science University


Field Assessment of Abiotic Attenuation Rates using Chemical Reactivity Probes and Cryogenic Core Collection

Dr. Richard Johnson

Oregon Health & Science University


Abiotic Transformation of Chloroethenes in Low Permeability Formations

Dr. David Freedman

Clemson University


Identification of Abiotic Degradation Pathways of Chlorinated Ethenes by Compound-Specific Stable Isotope Analysis: A Proof-of-Concept Study

Dr. Tomasz Kuder

University of Oklahoma

ERSON-16-02: Ecotoxicity of Perfluorinated Compounds


Development of Toxicity Reference Values (TRVs) for Birds Exposed to PFOS, PFOA and Associated Mixtures of Fluorinated Compounds

Dr. Matt Simcik

University of Minnesota


Development of Amphibian Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances Toxicity Reference Values for Use in Ecological Risk Assessment at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites

Dr. Maria Sepulveda

Purdue University


Advancing the Understanding of the Ecological Risk of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

Dr. Christopher Salice

Towson University

Munitions Response

MRSON-16-01: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Underwater Munitions Expert System for Remediation Guidance

Dr. Sarah Rennie

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


Advanced Magnetometer System

Dr. Rahul Mhaskar



Parameterized Process Models for Underwater Munitions Expert System

Dr. Carl Friedrichs

Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Modeling a Robust Caisson Structure to Resist Effects from Blow-In-Place of Underwater Unexploded Ordnance

Mr. Josephy Trotsky


MRSEED-16-01: Modeling Predictions of Munitions Penetration in a Variety of Soils


Meshfree Modeling of Munitions Penetration in Soils

Dr. Sheng-Wei Chi

University of Illinois, Chicago


Munition Penetration Depth Prediction

Dr. Jay Clausen



Physics-Based Prediction of Unexploded Ordnance Penetration into Granular Materials

Dr. Jae Chung

University of Florida

Resource Conservation and Climate Change

RCSON-16-01: Changes in Pathogen Exposure Pathways under Non-Stationary Conditions and Their Implications for Wildlife and Human Exposure on Department of Defense Lands


Assessing White-Nose Syndrome and Non-Stationary Changes on Bat Populations on and Near DoD Installations in the West

Dr. Sarah Olson

Wildlife Conservation Society


Effects of Climate Change on Plague Exposure Pathways and Resulting Disease Dynamics

Dr. Tonie Rocke

USGS National Wildlife Health Center


Leptospirosis in Endangered Island Foxes and California Sea Lions: Outbreak Prediction and Prevention in a Changing World

Dr. James Lloyd-Smith

University of California, Los Angeles


Climate Changes Impacts on Fire Regimes, Plant Invasions, and Tick-Borne Diseases

Dr. Brian Allan

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Understanding Climatic Controls of Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease: Experiments and Models to Quantify Risk in a Changing Climate

Dr. Richard Ostfeld

Cary Institute of Ecoystems Studies


Effects of Climate on Host-Pathogen Interactions in Chytridiomycosis

Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki

Tulane University


The Role of Phenology and Phenology Change in the Transmission of Arthropod-Borne Diseases: Implications for Management on Military Lands

Dr. Sharon Bewick

University of Maryland, College Park


Assessing the Impacts of Climate and Land Use/Land Cover Change on Valley Fever Incidence

Dr. Vicken Etyemezian

Desert Research Institute

RCSON-16-02: Improved Understanding of Wildland Fire Combustion Processes for Department of Defense Managed Ecosystems


Fundamental Measurements and Modeling of Prescribed Fire Behavior in the Naturally Heterogeneous Fuel Beds of Southern Pine Forests

Dr. David Weise

USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station


Multi-Scale Analyses of Wildland Fire Combustion Processes in Open-Canopied Forests using Coupled and Iteratively Informed Laboratory-, Field-, and Model-Based Approaches

Dr. Nicholas Skowronski

USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station


Examination of Wildland Fire Spread at Small Scales Using Direct Numerical Simulations and Frequency Comb Laser Diagnostics

Dr. Peter Hamlington

University of Colorado, Boulder


Improving Parameterization of Combustion Processes in Coupled Fire-Atmosphere Models through Infrared Remote Sensing

Dr. Scott Goodrick

USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station


Ignition, Propagation, and Emissions of Smoldering Combustion: Experimental Analysis and Physics Based Modelling

Dr. David Blunck

Oregon State University

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-16-01: Data to Improve Understanding of the Source and Mechanism of Full Scale Military Tactical Aircraft Engine Noise


Acoustic and Flowfield Measurements for a Military Tactical Aircraft Afterburning Turbofan Engine

Mr. John Mickol

GE Aviation

WPSON-16-02: Reducing or Eliminating HAPs and VOCs from Polyurethane Rain Erosion Coatings


Sustainable, Environmentally Green Polyurethanes for Erosion-Resistant Coatings

Dr. Peter Zarras

NAWC, Weapons Division


Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane Platform for Sustainable and Advanced Rain Erosion Resistant Coatings

Dr. Vijay Mannari

Eastern Michigan University


Hybrid Ultra-Low VOC and Non-HAP Rain Erosion Coatings

Mr. Adam Goff

Luna Innovations, Inc.

WPSON-16-03: Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing for Energetic Formulations


Alternative Mixing Technology for Environmentally Friendly Plastic Bonded Explosive Formulations

Dr. Eric Beckel

U.S. Army, ARDEC


Environmentally Conscious Process Development for the Production of Composite Propellants and Explosives

Dr. Peter Lucon

Resodyn Corporation


Spray Coating of Binders

Mr. Russell Broad

U.S. Army, ARDEC


Safer Resonant Acoustic Manufacturing for High Volume Pyrotechnics

Dr. Eric Miklaszewski

NSWC, Crane Division


Manufacture of Ordnance by In-Situ Resonant Acoustic Mixing

Ms. Amy Luebbering


WPSON-16-04: Alternatives for Chromium and Nickel Plating in Repair Operations


Cold Spray Coatings for Cr and Ni Plating Replacement

Mr. Victor Champagne

U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Novel Atmospheric High Power Impulse Plasma Source for Durable, Field Applicable Coatings

Dr. Vasiliki Poenitzsch

Southwest Research Institute


Advanced Nanocrystalline Cobalt Alloys and Composites as Alternatives for Chromium and Nickel Plating in Repair Operations

Dr. Jonathan McCrea

Integran Technologies, Inc.

WPSEED-16-01: Development of Methodologies for Evaluating Emissions from Metal-Based Energetic and Pyrotechnic Formulations


Novel Laser Diagnostic Approaches for Evaluating Emissions from Metal-Based Energetic Formulations

Dr. Waruna Kulatilaka

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station


Methods for Characterizing Near-Field Emissions from Energetics and Pyrotechnics

Dr. Kevin McNesby

U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Exploratory Development of Energetic and Pyrotechnic Combustion Characterization Apparatus

Dr. David Decker

Desert Research Institute


Optical Diagnostics for Evaluating Emissions from Metal-Based Energetic Formulations

Dr. Claresta Dennis

NAWC, Weapons Division

WPSEED-16-02: Environmentally Sound and Safe Military Munition Demilitarization


Electrochemical Demilitarization of Energetics

Dr. Mark Fuller

CB&I Federal Services


Recycling and Demilitarization of Military Munitions

Dr. Paul Hintze

NASA Kennedy Space Center


Environmentally Sound and Safe Military Munition Demilitarization

Dr. Justin Sabourin

Physical Sciences, Inc.