GOALI: US-Native Biomaterials, Nitrogen-functionalized to Adsorb Perchlorate and other Oxyanions from Water

  • Cannon, Fred Scott (PI)
  • Brown, Nicole (CoPI)
  • Parette, Robert R.B. (CoPI)
  • Peschman, Timothy T.J. (CoPI)

Project: Research project

Project Details




Numerous U.S. groundwater sources host unacceptable levels of perchlorate, nitrate, chromate, vanadate, etc. Available processes for removing these contaminants generally invoke use of petrochemical-based ion exchange media or membranes, which force municipalities and their suppliers to rely on non-renewable raw materials that are mined from non-sustainable and uncertain sources. The investigators are targeting to devise means of employing instead lignocellulosic biomaterials (biocarbons) that originate naturally from within America. The team will build on their recently-devised means of functionalizing the porous biocarbons with reduced-nitrogen groups that remove perchlorate and other oxyanions. The project will link into the Sloan Fellowship program for Minority Ph.D. candidates at Penn State, which is co-led by PI Dr. Cannon. There will also be participation in Penn State's CURO program, which facilitates minority undergraduate research.

Effective start/end date10/1/089/30/12


  • National Science Foundation: $377,500.00


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