The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) announced the Project of the Year Awards at the 2020 Virtual SERDP and ESTCP Symposium, held November 30 - December 4, 2020. These awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to some of DoD's most significant environmental and installation energy challenges.
Professor Lisa Alvarez-Cohen is part of a team that received the 2020 SERDP Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration. Led by Dr. Christopher Higgins from the Colorado School of Mines, the team presented findings on the role of source zones and low permeability materials on the release of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In addition to hydrocarbon and chlorinated solvents, PFAS are often found in groundwater. The presence of these various contaminants is of particular interest to the DoD, as mixed contaminant systems require special treatment strategies.
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