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Novel Remediation Technique for PFAS contaminated Soil and Sediment

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HE0D18C0027
Agency Tracking Number: B173A-0006
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 17-NCER-3A
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-17-00028
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-31
Small Business Information
2717 Michelle Park
Lexington, KY 40511-8642
United States
DUNS: 080290051
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Subhadarshi Nayak
 President / CEO
 (480) 459-8777
Business Contact
 Subhadarshi Nayak
Title: President / CEO
Phone: (480) 459-8777
Research Institution

Both chemicals Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) are very persistent, toxic, and bio-accumulate in the environment and human body. PFAS can end up in soil from multiple sources, often mixed with other pollutants. Because of their unique lipid- and water-repellent characteristics, PFOS and PFOA are used as surface-active agents in various high-temperature applications and as a coating on surfaces that contact with strong acids or bases. It also make these materials extremely difficult to destroy. In the SBIR Phase I, QMetry in collaboration with University of Kentucky, Lexington will investigate the feasibility of a electrochemical advanced oxidation process. The composite electrode - made from ordinary materials - is chemically and physically modified such a way that it preferentially adsorbs and oxidizes PFOS and PFOA molecules. The composite electrode is benign and disposable and can be implemented in ordinary farming and construction equipment. If successful, the remediation method can be carried out in situ without extensive material and energy input or capital investment. Environmentally compatible with clean oxidant and without secondary pollutants, this method will be immensely beneficial for remediation market. The team will target semiconductor manufacturing and oil and gas industry for initial commercialization - it's current primary customers._x000D_

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