Available student project - Novel methods for remediation of Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination

Research fields

  • Environmental Physics

Project details

Remediation of PFAS: Due to concerns over the environmental damage of PFAS and human exposure to PFAS, the production of PFAS has been largely curtailed since the early 2000’s3 and the importation of PFAS to Australia has dramatically reduced. However the persistence of PFAS has left a legacy of contamination that requires active remediation measures in order to bring the levels of PFAS down to acceptable levels in a reasonable timeframe. Remediation of the more soluble PFAS compounds is challenging as they are now widely distributed in ground and surface waters, requiring very large volumes of water to be treated to effect their removal. The most contaminated sources contain approximately 1 kg of PFAS in a volume of water equivalent to 4 Olympic swimming pools. Remediation to an acceptable level requires that this be reduced to less than a teaspoon of PFAS in 4 Olympic swimming pools.

The benefits of this project will accrue through the development of a new approach to removing per and poly-flouro alkyl substances (PFAS) from water using bubbles. The expectation is that this process will result in residual PFAS levels below drinking water standards in an efficient, inexpensive and robust manner. When applied to PFAS removal at contaminated sites the impact will be a healthier, safer community and the development of a technology that can be exported around the world for PFAS remediation.    

Required background

Chamistry, Physics or Engineering and curiosity

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters

Contact supervisor

Craig, Vincent profile
(02) 612 53359

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