Levich Institute Seminar – Tuesday, 03/12/2024

Tuesday, 03/12/2024
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall #312 

Professor Arjun Venkatesan

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering

“Sequestration and Destructive Treatment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)”


Extreme stability and strength featured by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) makes them highly persistent in the environment, and hence are often referred to as ‘forever chemicals’. PFAS occur even in the remotest part of the world, are detected in almost every single person’s blood in the U.S. and are associated with a very long list of health effects in both humans and animals, making them a global concern. Selected PFAS (out of >12,000 different compounds) are currently being considered for regulation by USEPA at levels as low as 4 ng/L in drinking water, challenging the water utilities and increasing the cost of treatment. Research over several decades has identified that a combination of technologies is required to concentrate and destroy PFAS.  In this presentation, I will summarize ongoing efforts in our lab to assess the removal and transformation of PFAS using both adsorptive and destructive treatment approaches.

Dr. Arjun Venkatesan is an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Prior to joining NJIT, he served as the Associate Director for the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology and held a joint appointment in Civil Engineering and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University as a Research Associate Professor.  Dr. Venkatesan received his Master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2009) and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Arizona State University (2013).
Occurrence and fate of emerging contaminants, including PFAS, 1,4-dioxane, and quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs). Physical and chemical treatment of water including adsorption and advanced oxidation/reduction processes.
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