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Remediation of PFAS in biosolids

Project Number # 4945-19

Remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in current and legacy biosolids application sites

Project Leader:  Ekaterina Selezneva

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are known to be highly bioaccumulative, highly mobile and potentially carcinogenic. Wastewater biosolids (treated wastewater sludge) are commonly being reused via application to agricultural land. The presence of PFAS in biosolids is likely to pose significant environmental and health risks. The present research will focus on remediation of PFAS in biosolids and biosolids applied land (both current and legacy), to eliminate the above risks.

Supervisors: A/Prof Kalpit Shah [RMIT University], Dr Aravind Surapaneni [South East Water] and Prof Megh Mallavarapu [University of Newcastle]

Collaborators:  Australian Research Council, Cleanaway and Acacia Waste Management Pty Ltd

Mentor:  Dr Arash Zamyadi [WaterRA]