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Controlled Release Polymer Structures for In Situ Chemical Oxidation of Contaminated Groundwater

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41ES026916-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41ES026916
Amount: $274,617.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIEHS
Solicitation Number: PA16-414
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-29
Small Business Information
Danville, VA 24541-1481
United States
DUNS: 969638274
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (540) 818-2000
Business Contact
Phone: (540) 818-2000
Research Institution
GREENSBORO, NC 27411-0001
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant The EPA estimates that one out of every four Americans lives within three miles of a hazardous waste site Over brownfield sites are awaiting remediation and sites on the National Priorities List Potential Responsible Parties or the Superfund program are tasked with remediating these sites but insufficient funding and growing number of sites have led to significant delays The US remediation market has been growing steadily since averaging increases per year and the global environmental remediation technology market is forecasted to expand to $ billion in Clearly there is a societal need and market potential for innovative remediation technologies that decrease cost and increase efficacy In Situ Chemical Oxidation ISCO is the fastest growing remediation technique as it is lower cost more effective and less disruptive than other methods However current ISCO methods require gaseous or liquid form oxidizers that pose significant hazard to workers during transport and delivery and often require multiple injections which increase cost and exposure risk AxNano in collaboration with North Carolina Aandamp T has developed Controlled Release Polymer Structures CRPS as a slow release ISCO technology that will transform the environmental remediation industry by mitigating exposure risk during deployment by encapsulating the reactive agents within a safe easy to handle solid matrix allowing for efficient treatment of contaminated groundwater via sustained release of high doses of reactive agents with a single application This Phase I project will determine design parameters to enhance the efficacy of our patented CRPS for ISCO remediation of contaminated groundwater The CRPS will be optimized by maximizing the oxidative agent s loading while maintaining a stable solid structure Proof of concept tests will be conducted under varied conditions i e pH temperature and density in dynamic flow column studies that mimic those present in the subsurface environment Broad spectrum efficacy of the optimized CRPS to transform two classes of Superfund relevant contaminants i e chlorinated compounds and polyaromatic hydrocarbons will be tested over a range of concentrations to yield dose response curves Collectively the results of this Phase I will be used to model the performance of these materials in realistic environments and guide planning of pilot scale field studies Phase I work will also involve designing a plan for scale up manufacturing and preparing for pilot field testing Scale up design cost of manufacturing and deployment strategies of this solid phase material compared to current liquid and gaseous ISCO remediation technologies will also be evaluated in order to determine the feasibility of transitioning this technology to a commercial product PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE According to the Environmental Protection Agency one out of five Americans lives within four miles of a hazardous waste site Current methods for cleaning contaminated water sources are expensive disruptive to the surrounding ecosystem and community and often require multiple applications to ensure efficacy AxNano in collaboration with North Carolina Aandamp T is developing a controlled release system that would treat contaminated groundwater through a sustained single application treatment that will lower cost lower labor requirements shorten the overall clean up cycle and mitigate exposure risk to workers during deployment

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