A Novel, Nanostructured,Metal-OrganicFrameworks-BasedPretreatmentTechnology for the Remediationof PFAS inIndustrial WastewaterEPA Contract Number: 68HERD19C0012
Title: A Novel, Nanostructured,Metal-OrganicFrameworks-BasedPretreatmentTechnology for the Remediationof PFAS inIndustrial Wastewater
Investigators: Ozdemir, Osman K
Small Business: Framergy, Inc
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Project Period: May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019
Project Amount: $100,000
RFA: Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) PHASE I (2018) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I (2018) , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , SBIR - Water Quality , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): Phase 1 (2019)
Per- and Polyfluoralkyl substances, otherwise known as PFAS, are a large group of chemicals including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). These chemicals have a large variety of uses globally. Remediation of PFAS has gained importance due to their environmental persistence and toxicity.
Water treatment methods must combine multiple strategies to be effective, as PFAS are commonly found in complex mixtures in the environment. To address the growing environmental concerns around persistent PFAS contamination, novel remediation methods, combing the strengths of multiple strategies are needed urgently.
In the proposed activity, framergy, Inc., in collaboration with Texas A&M University (TAMU), will develop a novel water pretreatment system which combines the use of cutting-edge nanostructured sorbent for effective removal of PFAS by leveraging its highly selective adsorption and easily activated photocatalytic properties. At the hear of the technology is its innovative, chemically stable. Metal0Organic Frameworks (MOFs) which can be tailored for selective PFAS and PFOS capture, and breakdown under UV or sunlight photocatalytic remediation. It eliminates the frequent changeout of leading adsorbent alternatives and reaction retention time limitations of conventional chemical reduction technologies.