SERDP FY 2024 New Start Projects

 Environmental Restoration (ER) Program Area

The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) was to develop improved sampling and analytical methodologies to measure PFAS in the environment. Specifically, the goal was to address the following research needs:

  • Develop field methods designed to rapidly screen or monitor PFAS.
  • Develop better laboratory preparation and analysis methods for the inclusion of understudied types of PFAS in various media types.
  • Develop and validate laboratory preparation and analysis method for understudied media types.
  • Develop laboratory preparation and analysis methods to monitor total PFAS that can achieve a limit of quantitation (LOQ) that is in the part per thousand (ppt) to single digit part per billion (ppb) range.
  • Develop and validate sampling methods relative to thermal treatment, stormwater sampling, surface water, and sediment sampling.

The projects listed below were selected to address the objectives of this SON. Additional information on individual projects can be found by clicking the project title.

  • Development of a Low-Cost Method for Total Organic Fluorine Analysis Using Hydrothermal Alkaline Treatment
    • Lead Investigator: Timothy Strathmann, Colorado School of Mines
  • Quantitative PFAS Screening Method for Environmental Samples using Acoustic Ejection Mass Spectrometry Technology
    • Lead Investigator: Michael Rossi, Arcadis US, Inc.

The use of sampling and analytical methods that are fit for their intended purpose is critical to support decision-making at DoD facilities as well as to support ongoing research efforts. Addressing these research needs will result in more effective management of PFAS-impacted sites.