Article courtesy of the Staff of ChemEurope | November 17th, 2016 | ChemEurope.com | Shared as educational material.
Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) pervade the industrialized world and may cause harm to humans. Because PFCs’ chemical bonds are one of the strongest in nature, PFC contamination is among the most difficult to remediate, particularly in groundwater. Current solutions only move PFCs without neutralizing them. Now, however, researchers at Colorado State University and the University of California – LA are testing a new technology to clean up PFCs. The new method will use electricity-induced chemical reactions in PFC-tainted groundwater to break down PFCs. The green technology will rely on the water’s natural flow and bacterial and fungal colonies to neutralize contamination in groundwater. Read more here.