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Research Briefs: Northeastern University

Superfund Research Program

Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT)

Center Director: Akram N. Alshawabkeh
Grant Number: P42ES017198
Funding Period: 2010-2025
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Research Briefs

  • 304 - Electrochemical System Degrades PCE in Groundwater -- Alshawabkeh
    Release Date: 04/01/2020

    An electrochemical system can effectively break down tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in groundwater, according to a new study from the NIEHS-funded Northeastern University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. After testing different design parameters to determine the best conditions for degrading PCE, the researchers achieved 86% removal of the contaminant from groundwater sources.

  • 290 - Promising Membrane Technology Reduces Chlorobenzene in Groundwater -- Alshawabkeh, Bhattacharyya
    Release Date: 02/13/2019

    A new Superfund Research Program collaboration has developed a promising groundwater cleanup technology that provides an efficient, low-maintenance method of removing chlorobenzene and other compounds from water. The method integrates electrochemical oxidation, which uses electricity to transform contaminants into non-toxic substances, and membranes containing palladium (Pd), a metal used as a catalyst in many industrial chemical synthesis applications and groundwater treatment.

  • 264 - The Porous Extraction Paddle: A Non-Targeted Sampling Device to Detect Contaminants in Urine -- Giese
    Release Date: 12/07/2016

    A new tool and accompanying method provides an easy way to extract substances from urine, even where resources are limited. The non-targeted technique, developed by researchers at the Northeastern University Superfund Research Program, can reveal large numbers of exposures to substances foreign to the body, called xenobiotics, from a sample of urine.

  • 251 - Development of a Sustainable Remediation System to Remove TCE from Groundwater -- Alshawabkeh
    Release Date: 11/04/2015

    An electrochemical system can effectively remove trichloroethylene (TCE) from groundwater at high flow rates, as demonstrated by researchers at the Northeastern University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. They optimized the electrode material and configuration to determine the best conditions to dechlorinate TCE at a flow rate of one liter per minute, which exists in karst aquifers.

  • 240 - Linking Phthalate Exposure and Oxidative Stress in Pregnancy -- Meeker
    Release Date: 12/03/2014

    In a recent study from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), scientists reported that in pregnant women, exposure to phthalates, found in plastics and personal care products, was associated with increased levels of oxidative stress, which damages the body's proteins, lipids, and DNA. The findings may help scientists better understand the mechanisms involved in pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth, which are associated with exposure to phthalates.

  • 211 - A New Solar-Powered Approach for Groundwater Decontamination -- Alshawabkeh
    Release Date: 07/03/2012

    Researchers discover a new treatment combination that delivers a one-two punch to eliminate trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination in groundwater. As an added benefit, the method can be driven by solar power for a greener approach to remediation.

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