Eighty-one SERDP FY 2020 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2020 SERDP Core and SEED solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include assessment and characterization of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance contamination; munitions response in underwater environments; management of wildland fires; management of natural resources; development of advance coating systems, and development of environmental friendly energetic materials.

The tables below list the FY 2020 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-20-C1: Biodegradation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Found in Aqueous Film Forming Foams


Microbially-Mediated Defluorination of High-Priority PFAS: Microorganisms, Genetics, and Biochemistry

Jinxia Liu

McGill University


Biotransformation and Potential Mineralization of PFOS, PFHxS, and PFOA by Acidimicrobiaceae sp. A6 under Iron Reducing Conditions

Peter Jaffe

Princeton University


A Synergistic Platform for Defluorination of Perfluoroalkyl Acids (PFAAs) through Catalytic Reduction Followed by Microbial Oxidation

Bruce Rittmann

Arizona State University


Biodegradation of PFAS via Superoxide-Hyper-Producing Bacteria

Pedro Alvarez

Rice University


Identification, Characterization, and Application of Reductive Defluorinating Microorganisms

Yujie Men

University of California, Riverside

ERSON-20-C2: Development of Passive Sampling Methodologies for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances


Ion Exchange Membranes and Fibers as Passive Samplers for Chemically-Diverse PFAS

Lee Blaney

University of Maryland Baltimore County


Development of a Novel PFAS Passive Sampler with Efficient Sorbent Media and Robust Membrane Barrier

Yin Wang

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


Osorb® Media Use in PFAS Passive Samplers

Craig Divine



Development of Passive Sampling Methodologies for PFAS

Sarit Kaserzon

The University of Queensland


Passive Samplers for PFAS with Innovative Sorbents 

Mei Sun

University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Development and Field-Testing of Advanced Passive Samplers for PFAS

Rainer Lohmann

University of Rhode Island


Development of Novel Functionalized Polymeric Thin Films for Equilibrium Passive Sampling of PFAS in Surface and Groundwater

Upal Ghosh

University of Maryland Baltimore County


Development of a Diffusive Gradients in Thin-Films Passive Sampling Methodology for PFAS in Water

Julian Fairey

University of Arkansas

ERSON-20-C3: Development of Analytical Methods to Assess Leaching and Mobility of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from Soils, Sediments, and Solid Wastes


Development and Validation of Novel Techniques to Assess Leaching and Mobility of PFAS in Impacted Media

Jennifer Guelfo

Texas Tech University

ERSON-20-C4: Quantitative Groundwater Plume Characterization to Support Transition Assessments


Development of Predictive Tools for Assessment of Natural Attenuation Capacity and Treatment Transition at Chlorinated Solvent Sites

Natalie Capiro

Auburn University


Quantifying the Distribution of Biotic and Abiotic Transformation Rate Constants in Low Permeability Clay Zones for Improved Assessment of TCE Impacts to Groundwater at DoD Field Sites

Charles Werth

University of Texas at Austin


Quantitative Assessment of Long-term Abiotic Transformation Rates of Chlorinated Solvents  

Weile Yan

University of Massachusetts Lowell


Developing a Quantitative Framework for Predicting Abiotic Attenuation under Natural and Transitional Site Management Scenarios

Paul Tratnyek

Oregon Health & Science University


Development of Protocols to Quantify Abiotic Transformation Rates and Mechanisms for Chlorinated Ethenes in Water Supply Aquifers

David Freedman

Clemson University


Field Deployable ORP Kit for Quantitative Assessment of Abiotic Monitored Natural Attenuation Rates

Dimin Fan

Geosyntec Consultants


Transitioning from Active Remedies to Monitored Natural Attenuation

David Adamson

GSI Environmental Inc.

ERSON-20-C5: Forensic Methods for Source Tracking and Allocation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances


Improving Access and Utility of Analytical Data for the Confident Discovery, Identification, and Source-Attribution of PFAS in Environmental Matrices

Benjamin Place

National Institute of Standards & Technology


Establishing an Approach to PFAS Forensics and a PFAS Source Materials Forensic Library

Mark Benotti

NewFields Government Services


Machine Learning Pattern Recognition for Forensic Analysis of Detected PFAS in Environmental Samples

Tohren Kibbey

University of Oklahoma


Ultrahigh-Resolution Fourier-Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry for Fingerprinting, Source Tracking, and Allocation of PFAS

Jens Blotevogel

Colorado State University


A Simple and Robust Forensic Technique for Differentiating PFAS Associated with Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) from other PFAS Sources

David L. Sedlak

University of California


Comprehensive Forensic Approach for Source Allocation of PFAS

Chris Higgins

Colorado School of Mines

ERSON-20-A1: Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Surfactant Formulations


Soil Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Surfactant Formulations

Roman Kuperman

U.S. Army Chemical Biological Center


Assessing the Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Surfactant Formulations in Wild Mice and Japanese Quail

Michael Quinn

U.S. Army Public Health Center


Comparative Assessment of Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of Fluorine-Free Formulations in Terrestrial Plants and Model Soil Invertebrates

Xiaoqin Wu

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Fire Fighting Foams

Ed Wirth

NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science


Multi-Taxa Ecotoxicity of Novel Fluorine Free Foam versus Next Generation Alternatives to Aquatic Species for Informing Risk Assessment

Jamie Suski

EA Engineering Sciences and Technology, Inc.


The Relative Toxicities of Current Use Aqueous Film Forming Foams and Next Generation Alternatives to Aquatic Species for Informing Risk Assessment

Jason Hoverman

Purdue University


Munitions Response

MRSON-20-C1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Mobility and Burial of Variable Density Munitions in the Inner Surf and Swash Zones during Controlled Extreme Forcing

Jack Puleo

University of Delaware


Limited Scope Development of a Sediment Fluidization and Target Handling Claw for UXO Burial at Underwater Munitions Test Ranges

Nicolas Michel-Hart

University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory


Finite element modeling and assessment of acoustic scattering by unexploded ordnance in variable seafloor environments

Aaron Gunderson

Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin


Physics-Based Features and Classification Architecture for Underwater Buried Targets

Lane Owsley

University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory


Detection and Classification of Military Munitions Underwater Using Active Fluorometric Imaging (AFI)

Steven Ackleson

Naval Research Laboratory

MRSEED-20-S1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Development of Surf-Zone Capable Unmanned Surface Vessels

Peter Traykovski

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Exhuming Munitions via Turbulence-Induced Bed Fluidization

Blair Johnson

University of Texas at Austin


Area and Depth Coverage Assessment for Acoustic Unexploded Ordnance Detection Surveys

Robbert van Vossen



Novel Eulerian Two-Phase Simulations for Burial Dynamics of Munitions

Tian-Jian Hsu

University of Delaware


Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-20-C1: Installation Resilience Research: Theoretical Frameworks for Compound Threats


Modeling Compound Threats to Interdependent Infrastructure Systems on Naval Installations

Daniel Eisenberg

Naval Postgraduate School


Severe Impact Resilience: Assessment Framework for Adaptive Compound Threats

Imes Chiu

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory


NICE: Networked Infrastructures under Compound Extremes

Auroop Ganguly

Northeastern University


Predicting Impacts of Species Loss on Ecosystem Resilience: an Experimental Test of a Novel Theoretical Framework

Jinelle Sperry

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

RCSON-20-C2: Improved Understanding of Response of DoD Relevant Marine Mammal Populations to Multiple Stressors


Towards an Understanding of the Cumulative Effects of Multiple Stressors on Marine Mammals – an Interdisciplinary Working Group with Case Studies

Peter Tyack

University of St Andrews


Assessment of the Cumulative Effects of Multiple Stressors on Marine Mammals– Elephant Seals as a Model System

Daniel Costa

University of California, Santa Cruz

RCSON-20-C3: DoD Wildland Fire Management Research for Improved Military Land Use


Closing Gaps in Measurements and Understanding: Plume Characteristics, Live Fuel Moisture Dynamics, and Process-Based Modeling 

Russell Parsons

USDA Forest Service, RMRS Fire Sciences Laboratory


An Improved Understanding of Fuel Dynamics, Fire Behavior and Regional Air Quality Impacts of Prescribed Burning at DoD Lands

Mehmet Odman

Georgia Tech Research Corporation


The Role of Vorticity and Fuel Moisture on the Near-Field Plume Structure and Ember Dynamics

Bryan Quaife

Florida State University


The Effect of Fuel Characteristics and Fire Dynamics on Emissions, Dispersion, and Air Quality Impacts 

Brian Gullett

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development


Object-Based Aggregation of Fuel Structures, Physics-Based Fire Behavior and Self-Organizing Smoke Plumes for Improved Fuel, Fire, and Smoke Management on Military Lands

Andrew Hudak

USDA Forest Service


A Multiscale Study of the Coupling Between Flow, Fire and Vegetation – Influence of Vegetation Distribution and Flow on Fire Behavior and Plume Development for Risk Mitigation in Prescribed Burns

Albert Simeoni

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Novel Sloping Wind Tunnel Experiments and Adaptive Mesh Simulations of Fine-Scale Combustion for Physics-Based Models of Wildland Fire

Peter Hamlington

University of Colorado, Boulder


Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-20-C1: Development of Advanced Coating Systems


Selectively Strippable Silyl-Containing Aerospace Topcoats using Environmentally Friendly Fluoride Salts 

Erick Iezzi

Naval Research Laboratory


Isocyanate-Free Organosilane Polymers for Specialty Aircraft Coatings

Erick Iezzi

Naval Research Laboratory


Selective Atmospheric Plasma Coating Removal (APCR) for Composite Substrates

Peter Yancey

Atmospheric Plasma Solutions, Inc.


Development of Novel Next Generation Cure-On-Demand Ultra High Solid (UHS) Non-Skid Coating

Charles White

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

WPSON-20-C2: Advanced Synthesis Techniques for Military-Relevant Energetic Materials or Significant Precursors


Reduction of Acidic and Toxic Waste Streams in Explosives Manufacturing Using Electrochemical Nitration

Matthew Burk

Nalas Engineering Services, Inc.


Innovative, Scalable and Sustainable Bio-manufacturing Routes to Precursors of the High Explosive Hexa-nitro-hexa-azaisowurtzitane (CL-20)

Nigel Scrutton

University of Manchester


Retrobiosynthetic Design and Genome Mining for Renewable Energetic Materials

Ben Gordon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Reaction Acceleration of Military Relevant Energetic Compounds and Precursors through Confined Volume Methodologies

Patrick Fedick

Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division


Continuous Nitration of Alternative Cellulose Feedstocks

Joost van Lingen



Sustainable, Low Cost Production of Biosynthetic 1,2,4-Butanetriol and Butanetriol Trinitrate

Benjamin Harvey

Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division

WPSON-20-C3: Novel Solutions for Prevention of CMAS Accumulation in Gas Turbine Engines


Sandphobic Thermal / Environmental Barrier Coatings for Gas Turbine Engines

Anindya Ghoshal

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

WPSON-20-C4: Environmentally Benign Rocket Propellants


Biological Production of Thermal Stabilizers

David Graham

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

WPSON-20-C5: Development of New Approaches for Demilitarization of Conventional Military Munitions


Demilitarization of Hexachloroethane-Containing Smoke Ammunition by Sublimation and Carbonization.

Matthew Davis

Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division

WPSEED-20-S1: Reduction of Hazardous Waste Streams from Composite Manufacturing and Repair


Integrated Approach to Material State Assessment for Composite Manufacturing and Repair Waste Reduction

Joseph  Tsang

Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division


Closed Loop Recycling of Composite Waste Streams into High Performance Aligned Short Fiber Composites

Dirk Heider

University of Delaware


Recycling of Composites and Prepregs by Oxidative Catalysis

Steven Nutt

University of Southern California


Methods to Understand, Monitor, and Extend Prepreg Storage Time

Steven Nutt

University of Southern California

WPSON-20-A1: Innovative Approaches to Fluorine-Free Fire Fighting Foams


Drop-in Synergistic Surfactants and Additives for Effective Pool Fire Suppression

Ramagopal Ananth

Naval Research Laboratory


Polyethylene Oxide-Based Polymer Formulations for Fluorine Free Fire Suppression

Braden Giordano

Naval Research Laboratory


Hollow Microspheres Based Fire Fighting Foams

Krishnaswamy Rangan

Materials Modification, Inc.


Aqueous Film Forming Foams Based on Biodegradable Natural Surfactants and Additives

Tirumalai Sudarshan

Materials Modification, Inc.


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

Jaspreet Dhau

Molekule, Inc.


Additive Enhanced Siloxane Surfactants for Fire Fighting Foams

Krishnaswamy Rangan

Materials Modification, Inc.


Enhancement of Fluorine-Free Fire Fighting Agents for Compressed Air Foam Applications

Jeffery Owens

Air Force Civil Engineering Center