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University of Albany - SUNY

Superfund Research Program

Photocatalytic Remediation of PCB-contaminated Water and Sediment: Novel Catalysts and Potential Solar Applications

Project Leader: Chia-Swee Hong (Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health)
Grant Number: P42ES004913
Funding Period: 1995 - 2000

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Project Summary (1995-2000)

The primary objective of the project is to develop a practical, low cost and efficient process to degrade polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated waters and sediments to levels that do not pose a threat to human health or the environment. One aspect of the research focuses on laboratory experiments to assess the important photodegradation variables in water and/or sediment. In another, the design of a solar reactor for water treatment and an on-site shallow pond, photocatalytic reactor for sediment treatment is pursued. A series of on-site experiments at a General Electric (GE) and Alcoa-contaminated site was conducted to assess the viability of the photocatalytic processing.

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