Superfund Research Program
Timothy Phillips, Ph.D., and team at the Texas A&M University SRP Center developed therapeutic sorbent technology to reduce the ability of hazardous chemicals to harm the body. These edible sorbents decrease exposures by binding to chemicals, like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in the intestines.Building on decades of research, the team found the clay-based edible sorbents can strongly bind specific PFAS and mixtures of PFAS and protected against toxicity.
They are also exploring how these sorbents can be used to clean up PFAS-contaminated sites or reduce their uptake by plants.
Learn more about the team’s work in this trainee spotlight video.
|Technology||Nutrient-amended montmorillonite clay.|
|Innovation||Builds on more than 30 years of research developing and testing broad-acting sorbent materials to bind hazardous chemicals more effectively. Can be added to food and water to reduce exposure to harmful contaminants, including in the aftermath of disasters.|
|Contaminant||PFAS including PFOA (perfluorooctanoate), PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonate), GenX (hexafluoropropylene oxide), and PFBS (perfluorobutane sulfonic acid)|
|Principal Investigator||Timothy D. Phillips, Ph.D.|
|Institution||Texas A&M University SRP Center|