SERDP has selected fifty-six new projects to begin in FY 2022. These projects responded to the FY 2022 SERDP Core and SEED Solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include ecotoxicity of mixtures of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); ecotoxicity of PFAS in the marine environment and in avian species; treatment of PFAS-impacted matrices; detection, localization, classification, and remediation of military munitions underwater; threatened, endangered, and at risk terrestrial species' response to multiple stressors; saltwater intrusion impacts on military installation infrastructure; advanced computational methodologies for rapid assessment of energetic materials; functional additives and foam formation to enhance PFAS-free fire suppressants for military use; development of chromium-free treatments and processes; characterizing products from thermal degradation of polymeric PFAS in munitions; and critical mineral and rare earth element recovery, recycling, and reuse.

The tables below list the FY 2022 SERDP new start projects for Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms.

As project overviews become available, a link to each project webpage will be provided below. 

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-22-C1: Improved Understanding of the Ecotoxicity of Mixtures of PFAS
ER22-3095 Complex-Mixture Uptake and Integrated Organismal Effects in Fish Exposed to a PFAS-Impacted Hydrological Gradient at JBCC MA  Alan Vajda University of Colorado, Denver


Measuring and Predicting the Aquatic Toxicity of PFAS Mixtures Associated with AFFF

Dominic Di Toro

University of Delaware


Body Compartment Partitioning and Ecological Effects of PFAS Mixtures in a Multi-Species System

Lindsay Holden

U.S. Army Public Health Center


Development of an Efficient Testing Framework for Interpreting Toxicity of Complex Mixtures for Ecological Risk Assessment

Cheryl Murphy

Michigan State University

ERSON-22-C2: Improved Understanding of the Ecotoxicity of PFAS in the Marine Environment


From the Bottom Up: Deciphering Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification of PFAS in Plankton

Rainer Lohmann

University of Rhode Island

ER22-3214 Critical Data for Assessing the Marine Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of PFAS  Jason Conder Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.


Using 14C Labeling in Ecotoxicology Assays to Ensure Relevance and Better Assess the Impact of PFAS in the Marine Environment

Craig Styan

University of South Australia


Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation, and Toxicity of PFAS in Benthic Biota Exposed to Impacted Marine Sediments

Carrie McDonough

Carnegie Mellon University

ER22-3349 Factors Influencing PFAS Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification in Marine Food Webs Associated with AFFF Sources in a New England Estuary  Celia Chen Trustees of Dartmouth College


Bioaccumulation and Ecotoxicity of Representative PFAS in Model Marine / Estuarine Species

David Moore

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center

ERSON-22-C3: Improved Understanding of Ecological Toxicity and Risk of PFAS in Avian Species


Food-Web Exposure and Consequent Effects of PFAS on Birds

Matthew Etterson

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

ER22-3225 PFAS Bioaccumulation in Coastal Seabirds from Charleston, SC  Rainer Lohmann University of Rhode Island


Validation of Food Web Models Incorporating the Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of PFAS in Avian Species

Jean Zodrow

Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

ERSON-22-C4:  Treatment of PFAS-impacted Matrices

ER22-3119 High-Capacity Sustainable Sorbents for Treatment of PFAS  Michelle Crimi Clarkson University


A New Concept of “Release-Capture-Destruction” to Enable Remediation of PFAS in Source Zone Soils

Kung-Hui (Bella) Chu

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station 


Engineering an “All-In-One” Biochar-Surfactant System for Enhanced PFAS Sorption and Reductive Degradation Using a Coupled Ultraviolet and Ultrasonication Approach

Dengjun Wang

Auburn University


In Situ Sequestration of PFAS from Impacted Groundwater using Injectable High Affinity Cationic Hydrophobic Polymers

Jon Chorover

University of Arizona

ER22-3157 Hydrothermal Destruction of PFAS during Designer Biochar Reactivation  Wei Zheng University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ER22-3158 Electrocatalytic Reduction of PFAS in Groundwater and Aqueous Concentrates  Brian Chaplin University of Illinois at Chicago


Deep Destruction of PFAS in Complicated Water Matrices by Integrated Electrochemical Oxidation and UV-sulfite Reduction

Yang Yang

Clarkson University


Reductive Destruction of PFAS using Plasmonic Photocatalysts

Tingting Wu

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

ER22-3194 Green Remediation of PFAS in Soil and Water  Dibyendu Sarkar Stevens Institute of Technology
ER22-3211 Demonstrating Cost-Effective PFAS Destruction Through High Temperature Incineration Stephen Zemba Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. 


Gas Sparging Directly in Aquifers to Remove or Sequester PFAS

Charles Newell

GSI Environmental, Inc.


Chemical-free Light-driven Destruction of PFAS using Non-toxic Boron Nitride (BN)

Michael Wong

Rice University


Retention of PFAS Groundwater Plumes at Freshwater / Saltwater Interfaces

Charles Newell

GSI Environmental, Inc.


Treatment of PFAS-impacted Matrices by Dissolving Metal Reduction with Mechanochemical Mixing

Paul Tratnyek

Oregon Health & Science University

ER22-3297 Gasification of PFAS-Impacted Matrices and Syngas Beneficial Use Evaluation  Bill Malyk Wood Environmental & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.


Utilizing PFAS Aggregation at the Gas-Water Interface for Energy-Efficient PFAS Destruction

Yida Fang

CDM Smith


Cometabolic Transformation and Treatment of PFAA Precursors in PFAS-Impacted Soils and Aquifer Sediments

Paul Hatzinger

Aptim Federal Services, LLC


Complete Destruction of Undiluted AFFF by a Plasma Spinning Disc Reactor

Selma Mededovic

Clarkson University

ER22-3345 A Novel Redox Material (FeSO3) for Efficient and Rapid Treatment of Concentrated PFAS Matrices  Dionysios Dionysiou University of Cincinnati 
ER22-3352 Cost-Effective Treatment of PFAS in Landfill Leachate Using Foam Fractionation  Paul Hatzinger APTIM Federal Services LLC


Bench-Scale Demonstration of PFAS Destruction in Solids Using Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO)

Kavitha Dasu

Battelle Memorial Institute 


Pulsed Electrosorptive Cavitation: A Cohesive Approach for Complete Mineralization of PFAS in Aqueous Systems

Deepak Kirpalani

National Research Council of Canada


Novel Swellable Ionomers for Enhanced PFAS Sorption and Destruction

Seetha Soleman-Kammula

Science, Technology & Research Inst. of Delaware


Extraction and Removal of PFAS from Impacted Water and Soil using Air Bubbles

Arjunkrishna Venkatesan

Stony Brook University

ER22-3450 Assessment and Remediation of PFAS Supramolecular Structures  Rick Arnseth Tetra Tech 
ER22-4014 Low-temperature Catalytic Thermal Treatment and Microwave Catalysis for Effective Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Decomposition in Solid Matrices and AFFF Concentrate  Feng Xiao University of Missouri

Munitions Response

MRSON-22-C1: Detection, Localization, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Data Fusion for the Multi-Sensor Towbody

Timothy Marston

University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory


Quantitative Assessment of LiDAR Technology for Detecting, Localizing, and Characterizing Underwater Munitions in Shallow Waters

Jeffrey Thayer

University of Colorado


Unmanned Surface Vessel Based Munition Detection, Mobility and Burial Monitoring, and Environmental Mapping in Surf Zone Environments and Demonstration of Deterministic Modeling Capabilities

Peter Traykovski

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

MRSEED-22-S1: Detection, Localization, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Machine Learning Methods for the Classification of UXO from Electromagnetic Data in Marine Settings

Stephen Billings

Black Tusk Geophysics Inc.


PRISM: 3D PRedictive Imaging of water Surface for Munitions mobility and burial

Shawn Harrison

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-22-C1: Threatened, Endangered, and At Risk Terrestrial Species' Response to Multiple Stressors


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Military and Multi-Jurisdictional Landscape Management of the Mojave Desert Tortoise Across its Range

Brett Dickson

Conservation Science Partners


Is there a Least-Cost Path to Recovery? Comparing Alternative Management Strategies to Address Multiple Interacting Stressors on Least Bell’s Vireo populations

Richard Fischer

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center


Synergistic Impacts of Widespread Stressors on Threatened, Endangered, and At-risk Species on Department of Defense Lands of the Southeastern US

Joshua King

University of Central Florida


Forecasting Multiple Stressor Impacts on Terrestrial Species Using Scenario-Based Modeling

Joshua Lawler

University of Washington

RCSON-22-C2: Saltwater Intrusion Impacts on DoD Installation Infrastructure


Deployable Satellite-Based Model for Assessing Saltwater Intrusion Impacts Under Future Sea-Level Rise Scenarios

Benjamin Hamlington

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Dynamic Aquifer-Ocean Model for Coastal DoD Facilities: Vulnerability Categorization Based on Geophysical Setting and Changes in Climate and Sea Level

James Jawitz

University of Florida


Development of a Practical Modeling Platform for Assessing Saltwater Intrusion Impacts Under Future Sea-Level Change Scenarios

Christopher Patterson

Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center


Automated Scenario Assessment of Groundwater Table & Salinity Response to Sea-Level Rise

Dipankar Dwivedi

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-22-C1: Advanced Computational Methodologies for Rapid Assessment of Energetic Materials


Extended Energetics Toxicity Database for Machine Learning-Based Analysis

Scott Dean

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

WPSON-22-C2: Functional Additives and Foam Formation to Enhance PFAS-Free Fire Suppressants for Military Use


Performance Improvements of ADA Fluorine-Free Foams Using New Additives

Kevin Roth

ADA Technologies, Inc.


Development and Delivery of Point-of-use Additives for PFAS-free Fire Suppressants for Military Use

Satya Chauhan

Battelle Memorial Institute


Control of Draining and Flow to Improve Fluorine Free Firefighting Foams

Frank Vercauteren

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)


Environmentally Benign-phosphorous Polymer(s) Based Fire Suppression Additives via an Intumescence Mechanism

Peter Zarras

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division


Rhamnolipid Enhanced FireFighting Foam (RE-FFFoam)

Timothy Boebel

Stepan Company


Development of PFAS-free Fire Extinguishing Foam Based on New Siloxane-based Surfactant Formulations and Time-released Foam Additives

Carlos Martinez

Purdue University


Functional Additives to Enhance PFAS-free Fire Suppressants

Mary Yates

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory


Self-Intumescent Functional Additives for Fluorine Free Foam

Robert Kasowski

PN Solutions Inc


Functional Additives to Improve Fluorine-Free Fire Suppressant Foams

Girish Srinivas

TDA Research, Inc.


Development of Zwitterionic Additives to Aqueous Foams to Enhance Suppression of Aromatic and Aliphatic Fuel Pool-Fires

Ramagopal Ananth

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Fire Retardant Additives Releasing Smart Beads for Fuel Pool Firefighting

Tirumalai Sudarshan

Materials Modification Inc

WPSON-22-C3: Development of Chromium-Free Treatments and Processes


A New Chromium-free, Self-sealing Anodizing Process for DoD Application 

Narjes Fredj

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division 


Metal Organic Framework Inhibited Sealants

Carissa Pajel

Boeing Research and Technology

WPSON-22-C4: Characterizing Products from Thermal Degradation of Polymeric PFAS in Munitions


Quantification and Identification of PFAS and Total Fluorine During Thermal Degradation of Fluoropolymers in the Presence of Explosives

Jennifer Field

Oregon State University

WPSEED-22-S1: Critical Mineral and Rare Earth Element (REE) Recovery, Recycling, and Reuse


Functionalized Mesoporous Carbon Fiber Traps for Effective Recovery of Rare Earth Elements upon Extraction from End-of-Life Magnet Scrap

Dien Li

Savannah River National Laboratory


Biological Ligands and Materials Design for Rare Earth Recovery and Separation

Yongqin Jiao

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Use of Natural or Engineered Proteins to Extract and Purify REEs from Manufacturing and Post-consumer Waste

Dayal Saran

Allonnia, LLC