Published: Nov. 13, 2018

PFAS researcher to provide lecture at MSU Bioeconomy Institute

Contact(s): Melanie Kauffman Office of Research and Graduate Studies office: (517) 432-4499

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are persistent chemicals contaminating waters at the global level. In Michigan, exposure awareness is at an all-time high with many reports of PFAS-impacted waters throughout the state.

Working at the public infrastructure level, Michigan State University-Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies is developing a scalable treatment option for PFAS-contaminated wastewater.

MSU electrochemist and lead researcher on the project, Cory Rusinek, will provide a lecture on these latest findings entitled “PFAS remediation at MSU-Fraunhofer: electrochemical destruction in wastewater using boron-doped diamond electrodes.”

The presentation will cover the basic and applied research findings of using electrochemical oxidation with boron-doped diamond electrodes to destroy PFAS in wastewater and other complex samples. Various complimentary treatment technologies for PFAS remediation will also be addressed.

The lecture will be held at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. MSUBI is located at 242 Howard Avenue, Holland, MI.

The public is invited to attend and municipalities may have a particular interest in hearing about this upcoming technology. Registration is not required. Details about the event can be found on the MSU Bioeconomy website.