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Your Environment. Your Health.

Research Briefs: University of California-Berkeley

Superfund Research Program

Oxidative Remediation of Superfund Contaminants

Project Leader: David L. Sedlak
Co-Investigator: Daniel K. Nomura
Grant Number: P42ES004705
Funding Period: 2006-2022

Research Briefs

  • 309 - Treating Water with Chemical Oxidation May Produce Harmful By-Products -- Sedlak
    Release Date: 09/02/2020

    Chemical oxidation is a process commonly used to treat water contaminated with aromatic compounds like benzene. But, unexpected and potentially harmful breakdown products may result from this treatment process, according to a recent study from the NIEHS-funded University of California, Berkeley Superfund Research Program Center.

  • 280 - Toxic Byproducts Formed During UV Water Treatment -- Sedlak
    Release Date: 04/04/2018

    Common water treatment methods that remove phenols and other hazardous compounds may produce low levels of toxic byproducts, according to a new study by the University of California (UC), Berkeley Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center.

  • 239 - Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater by Persulfate -- Sedlak
    Release Date: 11/05/2014

    Researchers at the University of California (UC) Berkeley Superfund Research Program (SRP) are one step closer to developing more efficient and effective treatment systems to remove organic contaminants from groundwater and soil. Findings from a new study, led by David Sedlak, Ph.D., provide insight into adding persulfate to groundwater to break down organic contaminants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls,1,4-dioxane, and components of petroleum, that may be difficult to treat with other methods and potentially harmful to human health.

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