Disrupting PFAS

Join Jeffrey Hale, PG, as he interviews the researchers behind groundbreaking PFAS technologies. Geared toward environmental managers and technologists, the inaugural series of the Disrupting PFAS podcast explores innovations that destroy, detect, and sequester PFAS.

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Disrupting PFAS S2E4

PFAS in Rainwater: A Water Cycle Perspective

Jeff interviews Cathy Rockwell, Sam Olney, and Matthew Jones, colleagues here at Woodard & Curran who led a study on the occurrence and concentration of PFAS in Massachusetts rainwater last fall. While prior studies have confirmed the presence of PFAS in rainwater, our team sought not only to record statewide concentrations of PFAS in rainwater, but also to investigate how they are influenced by different precipitation types.


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Stabilization of PFAS-contaminated Soil with Activated Biochar

Jeff interviews Erlend Sørmo of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His research on using activated biochar to stabilize PFAS-contaminated soil presents a sustainable opportunity for waste management and environmental remediation.


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Biodegradation of PFAS

Jeff speaks with Dr. Peter Jaffé of Princeton University, about Biodegradation of PFAS. Dr. Jaffé discusses the exciting potential of Acidimicrobium bacterium A6 for natural destruction of PFAS.


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Complete Destruction of Pfas through Phytoremediation

Jeff speaks with Yanna Liang, PhD., PE, BCEE, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Sustainable Engineering at the University at Albany, SUNY. Dr. Liang discusses her research on phytoremediation and destruction of PFAS — the use of plants to remove PFAS constituents from contaminated soils.


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Disrupting PFAS LIVE! Special roundtable finale with our guests from Season One

All four of our Season One guests come together with a live audience to discuss addressing this challenging environmental issue and answer questions from our subscribers. This episode features lively discussion about complementary technologies, new insights, and enhancements to these promising innovations.


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PFAS Detection, Capture, and Destruction Using Nanoporous Materials with Radha Kishan Motkuri, PhD, of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jeff interviews Dr. Radha Kishan Motkuri of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory about PFAS Detection, Capture, and Destruction Using Nanoporous Materials. Dr. Motkuri and his colleagues have patented the groundbreaking Fast PFAS Sensor: a reusable, pocket-sized device that that can quickly and accurately detect PFAS, even at levels below the federal threshold.


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PFAS Destruction by Plasma Treamtent with Sarah (Xiao) Wu, PhD, of the University of Idaho

In Episode Three, Jeff speaks with Dr. Sarah (Xiao) Wu of the University of Idaho about her award-winning research advancing plasma treatment technology for the destruction of PFAS.


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In-situ Sequestration of PFAS with Ion Exchange Resins with Kurt Pennell, PhD, of Brown University

Jeff speaks with Dr. Kurt Pennell of Brown University. Kurt and his team are testing subsurface application of materials commonly used for ex-situ treatment, including in-situ sequestration of PFAS using ion exchange resin.


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Electrochemical Oxidation of PFAS with Suzanne Witt, PhD, of Fraunhofer USA

Jeff speaks with Dr. Suzanne Witt, PhD, of Fraunhofer USA about using boron-doped diamond electrodes to destroy PFAS using electrochemical oxidation. Employing boron-doped diamond electrodes in series, Suzanne and her team at Fraunhofer USA have successfully treated landfill leachate and published a paper in the Journal of Water Process Engineering describing their promising results.


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