SBIR Phase I: Development and Characterization of a Bioaugmentation Culture to Remediate Chlorinated Ethenes in Low pH Ground Water

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945557
Agency Tracking Number: 0945557
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
39 Clarendon Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Margaret Findlay
 (617) 923-0976
Business Contact
 Margaret Findlay
Title: MS
Phone: (617) 923-0976
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a robust commercial acid-tolerant culture of the anaerobic bacterium Dehalococcoides (Dhc) for in-situ treatment of groundwater contaminated with tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE). The project team will conduct a search of acidic contaminated sites for natural Dhc strains having acid tolerance. The most promising strains will be combined to create a commercial dechlorinating culture. The broader/commercial impact of the proposed project will be the deployment of a bioremediation solution to address and solve many existing acid-caused remediation failures and thereby increase the effectiveness of existing in-situ biological treatment techniques as a cost-effective and successful remedial option to eliminate PCE and TCE from groundwater.

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