One Hundred and Ten SERDP FY 2018 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2018 SERDP Core and SEED solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include understanding and remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance contamination; understanding and control of stormwater; remediation of contaminated sediments; munitions response in underwater environments; managing species and ecosystems across jurisdictional boundaries; assessment of climate change vulnerability; emulsion science in military applications; specialty coatings removal; alternative propulsion and explosive systems; and agile battlefield manufacturing.

The tables below list the FY 2018 SERDP new start projects for Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, 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 Focus Areas.

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-18-C1: Improved Understanding of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Source Zones


A Mechanistic Understanding of PFASs in Source Zones: Characterization and Control

Jennifer Field

Oregon State University


Development and Laboratory Validation of Mathematical Modeling Tools for Prediction of PFAS Transformation, Transport, and Retention in AFFF Source Areas

Linda Abriola

Tufts University


Insights into the Long-Term Mass Discharge & Transformation of AFFF in the Unsaturated Zone

Charles Schaefer

CDM Smith


Evaluating the Importance of Precursor Transport and Transformation for Groundwater Contamination with Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances

Elsie Sunderland

Harvard University


Baseline Data Acquisition and Numerical Modeling to Evaluate the Fate and Transport of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances within the Vadose Zone

Jeff Silva

GSI North America Inc.


A Mechanistic Understanding of PFASs in Source Zones: Characterization and Control

Jennifer Field

Oregon State University

ERSON-18-C2: In Situ and Ex Situ Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Contaminated Groundwater 


Combined In Situ / Ex Situ Treatment Train for Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Contaminated Groundwater

Michelle Crimi

Clarkson University


Treatment of Legacy and Emerging Fluoroalkyl Contaminants in Groundwater with Integrated Approaches: Rapid and Regenerable Adsorption and UV-Induced Defluorination

Jinyong Liu

University of California, Riverside


Regenerable Resin Sorbent Technologies with Regenerant Solution Recycling for Sustainable Treatment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

Timothy Strathmann

Colorado School of Mines


Rational Design and Implementation of Novel Polymer Adsorbents for Selective Uptake of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from Groundwater

Damian Helbling

Cornell University


Ex Situ Treatment of PFAS Contaminated Groundwater Using Ion Exchange with Regeneration

Mark Fuller

Aptim Federal Services, LLC


Molecular Design of Effective and Versatile Adsorbents for Ex Situ Treatment of AFFF-Impacted Groundwater

Mandy Michalsen

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Laboratory


Electrically Assisted Sorption and Desorption of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

Douglas Call

North Carolina State University


Electrochemical Oxidation of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Still Bottoms from Regeneration of Ion Exchange Resins

Qingguo Huang

University of Georgia


Removal of Complex Mixtures of Perfluoroalkyl Acids from Water Using Molecularly Engineered Coatings on Sand and Silica

Paul Edmiston

The College of Wooster


An Electrocoagulation and Electrooxidation Treatment Train to Degrade Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Other Persistent Organic Contaminants in Ground Water

Dora Chiang



Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Contaminated Groundwater Using Cationic Hydrophobic Polymers as Ultra-High Affinity Sorbents

Reyes Sierra-Alvarez

University of Arizona

ERSON-18-C3: Improved Understanding of Stormwater Impacts and Control on Sediment Recontamination and Recovery


Prevention of Sediment Recontamination by Improved BMPs to Remove Organic and Metal Contaminants from Stormwater Runoff

Richard Luthy

Stanford University


Development, Evaluation, and Technology Transfer of BMPs for Optimizing Removal of PAHs, PCBs, PFASs, and Metals from Stormwater at DoD Sites

Staci Simonich

Oregon State University


Treatment Media for Control of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Metals in Stormwater

Birthe Kjellerup

University of Maryland


Development of Tools to Inform the Selection of Stormwater Controls at DoD Bases to Limit Potential Sediment Recontamination

Danny Reible

Texas Tech University

ERSON-18-C4: Innovative Approaches for Monitoring and Implementing In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments


Drinking Water Treatment Residuals as Material for in situ Capping of Metal Contaminated Sediments

Jean-Claude Bonzongo

University of Florida


Proof-of-Concept for the in situ Toxicity Identification Evaluation (iTIE) Technology for Assessing Contaminated Sediments, Remediation Success, Recontamination and Source Identification

Allen Burton

University of Michigan

ER18 Follow-Ons:


Actively Shaken in situ Passive Sampler Platform for Methylmercury and Organics

Upal Ghosh

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Field Testing A Passive Multisampler To Measure Dioxins/Furans and Other Contaminant Bioavailability In Aquatic Sediments

Rainer Lohmann

University of Rhode Island

ERSON-18-L1: Innovative Approaches for Treatment of Waste Derived from Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Subsurface Investigations


Chemical Decomposition Combined with Physical Adsorption for the Treatment of Investigation-Derived Waste Containing PFASs

Hyeok Choi

The University of Texas, Arlington


Reactive Electrochemical Membrane (REM) Reactors for the Oxidation of Perfluoroalkyl Compound Contaminated Water

Brian Chaplin

University of Illinois, Chicago


High-Performance Treatment of PFASs from Investigation-derived Waste: Integrating Advanced Oxidation-Reduction and Membrane Concentration

Jinyong Liu

University of California, Riverside


Hydrothermal Technologies for On-Site Destruction of Site Investigation Wastes Contaminated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

Timothy Strathmann

Colorado School of Mines


Effective Destruction of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Water by Modified SiiC-Based Photocatalysts

Young Chul Choi

Research Triangle Institute


A Cost-Effective Technology for Destruction of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from DoD Subsurface Investigation-Derived Wastes

Dongye Zhao

Auburn University


Complete Reductive Defluorination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) by Hydrated Electrons Generated from 3-Indole-Acetic-Acid in Chitosan-Modified Montmorillonite

Hailiang Dong

Miami University


Innovative Treatment of Investigation-Derived Waste Polluted with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Contaminants and Other Co-Contaminants

Thomas Boving

University of Rhode Island


Small-Scale Thermal Treatment of Investigation-Derived Wastes (IDW) Containing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Paul Koster van Groos

APTIM Federal Services, LLC


Application of Non-Thermal Plasma Technology for the Removal of Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances from Investigation-Derived Wastes

Christopher Sales

Drexel University


Evaluation of Indirect Thermal Desorption Coupled with Thermal Oxidation (ITD/TO) Technology to Treat Solid PFAS-impacted Investigation-Derived Waste (IDW)

Frank Barranco

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.


Demonstration of Smoldering Combustion Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Investigation-Derived Waste

Dave Major

Geosyntec Consultants


A Combined Photo/Electrochemical Reductive Pathway Towards Enhanced PFAS Degradation

David Jassby

University of California, Los Angeles


Pilot Scale Assessment of a Deployable Photocatalytic Treatment System Modified with BiPO4 Catalyst Particles for PFAS Destruction in Investigation-Derived Wastewaters

Ezra Cates

Clemson University


Field Demonstration of Infrared Thermal Treatment of PFAS-contaminated Soils from Subsurface Investigations

James Hatton

CH2M Hill, Inc.


Ex Situ Remediation of Investigation-Derived Wastes containing PFAS by Electron Beam Technology

Suresh D. Pillai

Texas A&M University


Plasma Based Treatment Processes for PFAS Investigation Derived Waste

Thomas Holsen

Clarkson University


Destruction of PFAS and Organic Co-Contaminants in Water and Soil Present in Investigation-Derived Waste at DoD Sites Using Novel Adsorbent and Ultrasound

Hui Yu

Amriton, LLC

ERSON-18-L2: Defining Knowledge Gaps in the Understanding of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in the Subsurface


A Framework for Assessing Bioaccumulation and Exposure Risks of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Threatened and Endangered Species on Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)-Impacted Sites

Frank Gobas

Simon Fraser University


Guidance for Assessing the Ecological Risks of PFASs to Threatened and Endangered Species at Aqueous Film Forming Foam-Impacted Sites

Jason Conder

Geosyntec Consultants


Establishment of Fate and Transport Mechanics for PFASs Under Controlled Aquifer Conditions and Correlation to Existing Data

Brian Shedd

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District


Investigating Potential Risk to Threatened and Endangered Species from Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) on Department of Defense (DoD) Sites

Jamie Suski

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.


Lines of Evidence to Assess the Effectiveness of PFAS Remedial Technologies

Rula Deeb

Geosyntec Consultants


Approach for Assessing PFAS Risk to Threatened and Endangered Species

Craig Divine

Arcadis, US Inc.

Munitions Response

MRSON-18-C1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Improved Penetrometer Performance in Stratified Sediment for Cost-Effective Characterization, Monitoring and Management of Submerged Munitions Sites

Nina Stark

Virginia Tech


Using Laboratory Techniques in the Field to Measure Munitions Mobility in the Underwater Environment

Blake Landry

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Simulation, Signal Extraction, and Augmented Visualization for 3D BOSS data

Timothy Marston

University of Washington

MRSON-18-S1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Shallow Water Lidar for Target Morphology: Impacts of Surface Roughness and Turbidity

Jeffrey Thayer

Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates, LLC 


Bistatic Target Classification using Low-Cost Unmanned Marine Vehicles in Shallow Water

Erin Fischell

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Wide Area Mapping of Munitions Distribution at Underwater Sites

Joe Calantoni

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


In-Situ Electrochemical Remediation of Underwater Unexploded Ordinance

Kyoo Jo

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory


Cubist-Inspired Deep Learning with Sonar for UXO Detection and Classification

David Williams

NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)


Demonstration of Physics-Based Inversions of Multibeam Echosounder for Sediment Properties

Brian Hefner

University of Washington


Multimodal Sensor Fusion for UXO Classification and Remediation

Aaron Marburg

University of Washington

MR18 Follow-Ons


Meshfree Modeling of Munitions Penetration in Soils

Sheng-Wei Chi

University of Illinois, Chicago

Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-18-C1: Advanced Approaches for Managing Individual Species and Ecosystems Across Jurisdictional Boundaries in A Non-Stationary World


Using Remotely-sensed Data and Light-level Geolocator Technology to Inform Off-Post Landscape-Scale Conservation Planning for a Migratory Species

Ashley Long

Louisiana State University


A Data-Driven Decision Support System to Identify Optimal Land Use Alternatives for Protecting Species of Concern on DoD and Surrounding Lands

Charles Hawkins

Utah State University


Managing Metapopulations of Threatened Species Across Jurisdictional Boundaries: Quantifying Effects of Climate Change, Environmental Synchrony, Dispersal, and Corridors

William Morris

Duke University


The Impacts of Land Use and Climate Change on Mojave Desert Tortoise Gene Flow Dynamics and Corridor Functionality

Jill Heaton

University of Nevada, Reno


Engaging a Crowd-Sourced eDNA Database to Enhance DoD-relevant Conservation Goals

Michael Schwartz

USDA / US Forest Service National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation


Critical Habitat Breadth for Gopherus Tortoises: a New Paradigm for Managing Threatened and Endangered Species in a Non-Stationary World

Kevin Shoemaker

University of Nevada, Reno


A Multidisciplinary Assessment of Cross-Boundary Mitigation

Liba Pejchar

Colorado State University

RCSON-18-C2: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Major Habitats on and Around DoD Lands


Understanding and Assessing Riparian Habitat Vulnerability to Drought-Prone Climate Regimes on Department of Defense Bases in the Southwestern USA

Michael Singer

University of California, Santa Barbara


Aquatic Ecosystem Vulnerability to Fire and Climate Change in Alaskan Boreal Forests

Jeffrey Falke

U.S. Geological Survey


Resiliency and Vulnerability of Boreal Forest Habitat to the Interaction of Climate and Fire Disturbance across DoD Lands of Interior Alaska

Scott Goetz

Northern Arizona University


Forecasting Dryland Ecosystem Vulnerability to Change: A Cross-system Assessment of Vegetation and Process Responses to Disturbance and Climate Variability on DoD Lands

Scott Ferrenberg

U.S. Geological Survey


Climate-driven Landscape Disturbance Assessment

Adam Atchley

Los Alamos National Laboratory


Interior Alaska DoD Training Land Wildlife Habitat Vulnerability to Permafrost Thaw, an Altered Fire Regime, and Hydrologic Changes

Thomas Douglas

U.S. Army ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


Using Unmanned Aerial Systems to Model Spatially-Mediated Heterogeneity in 3D Microclimate Landscapes

Anna Carter

Iowa State University

RC18 Follow-Ons


Resilience of Boreal Ecosystems Assessed using High-Frequency Records of Dissolved Organic Matter and Nitrate in Streams

Tamara Harms

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

RCSON-18-L1: Analysis of Defense Related Ecosystem Services


Assessing Ecosystem Service Benefits from Military Installations

James Kagan

Oregon State University


Value and Resiliency of Ecosystem Services on Department of Defense (DoD) Lands

Nate McDowell

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


DoD Land Management and Natural Capital/Ecosystem Services: Research on the Efficacy of Applying a Supply Chain Paradigm and Economic Valuation Tools to Optimize Management Decision-Making and Enable Quantification of DoD Stewardship Value

Stephen Petron


RCSON-18-L2: Quantifying the Effects of Environmental Nonstationarity at DoD Relevant Scales


Integrating Remote Sensing and Field Measurements to Identify Environmental Nonstationarity on Interior Alaska DoD Training Lands

Jennifer Watts

The Woods Hole Research Center


Next-generation rainfall IDF curves for the Virginian drainage area of Chesapeake Bay

Xixi Wang

Old Dominion University


Determining the Temporal and Spatial Scales of Nonstationarity in Temperature and Precipitation across the Continental United States for a Given Emissions Scenario

Daniel Feldman

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-18-C1: Advancing Emulsion Science for Application in Armed Forces Vessels


Preferential Surfactant Biodegradation for De-Emulsifying Bilge Water

Josh Kogot

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division


Relating the Phase, Flow, and Coalescence Behavior of Complex Shipboard Emulsions to the Physical and Chemical Properties of Model Surfactant-Oil-Water Systems

John Howarter

Purdue University


Emulsion Characterization Study for Improved Bilgewater Treatment and Management

Danielle Paynter

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division


Formation of Detergent Stabilized Oil-Water Emulsion in Bilge Water and a Method to Thwart the Same

Manoj Chaudhury

Lehigh University


Understanding Shipboard Oil/Water Emulsions Using Macro- and Micro-scale Flows

Cari Dutcher

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

WPSON-18-C2: Non-Chemical, Non-Media Removal Process for Thick, Elastomeric Specialty Coatings Used on DoD Weapon Systems


Introducing Interfacial Bond Failure at the Elastomer-Primer Interface using Tailored Infrared-Sonication Hybrid Technology

Jaspreet Dhau

Molekule Inc

WPSON-18-C3: Systems Approaches in Propulsion and Explosives Toward Replacing Materials Such as Ammonium Perchlorate (AP), RDX, and TNT


Scalable Synthesis Development of MBANF

David Price

BAE Systems


A "Green" Propylnitroguanidine (PrNQ) Based Solution for Comp B Applications

Chase Munson

U.S. Army Research Laboratory


MTNI-based Replacement for Comp B in a Printed M67 Grenade

Karl Oyler

U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center


An Integral Hypergolic Hybrid-Solid Fuel Ramjet Concept for AP-Free High Performance Tactical Rocket Motors

Mark Pfeil

Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center

WPSON-18-C4: Development of Agile, Novel Expeditionary Battlefield Manufacturing Processes Using Recycled and Reclaimed Materials


Development of an Agile, Novel Expeditionary Battlefield Manufacturing Plant using Recycled and Reclaimed Thermoplastic Materials

Prabhat Krishnaswamy

Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus (Emc2)


From Waste Steel to Weapons: Additive Manufacturing Enabled Agile Manufacturing

Diran Apelian

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Glass-Reinforced, Recycled PET as Additive Manufacturing Feedstock

Moby Ahmed

Ambercycle, Inc.


Recycling and Reuse of Metal Alloys by a Single Solid-State Additive Manufacturing and Repair Process

Paul Allison

University of Alabama

WP18 Follow-Ons


Development and Evaluation of Non-Chromate LHE ZnNi Passivations for DoD Electrical Connectors

Matt O'Keefe

Missouri University of Science and Technology


Tactical Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Systems that Eliminate Isocyanates and Ammonium Perchlorate

Andrew Guenthner

Air Force Research Laboratory

WPSON-18-L1: Innovative Approaches to Fluorine-Free Aqueous Film Forming Foam


Surfactants with Organosilicate Nanostructures for Use as Fire-Fighting Foams (F3)

Matthew Davis

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division


Designing Next Generation Polymer-Based Surfactants for Fire Suppression

Timothy Long

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Stability of Fluorine-Free Foams with Siloxane Surfactants for Improved Pool Fire Suppression

Ramagopal Ananth

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Innovative Nano-Encapsulated Ionic Liquid Based Surfactants for Flourine-Free Fire Extinguishing Foams

Jaspreet Dhau

Molekule, Inc.


Fluorine-Free Ionic Liquids for Aqueous Film Forming Foam

Tirumalai Sudarshan

Materials Modification, Inc


Fluorine Free Aqueous Film Forming Foams Based on Functional Siloxanes

Kris Rangan

Materials Modification, Inc