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Haley & Aldrich expands environmental research with new U.S. government funding

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Burlington, Mass., March 5, 2024 – Haley & Aldrich has won funding from the U.S. government for three new research projects focused on improving remediation and management approaches for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and chlorinated solvents.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will fund two of the projects through its Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program; the third will receive funding from the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board Airport Cooperative Research Program. 

Haley & Aldrich’s Min-Ying Jacob Chu, Ph.D., P.E.; Raul Tenorio, Ph.D., EIT; Tiffany Thomas, Ph.D.; and John Xiong, Ph.D., P.E., will lead the projects, all under the umbrella of Haley & Aldrich’s Applied Research program. This program has received over $8 million in research funding from the DOD and other government entities over a decade, furthering remediation possibilities for multiple legacy and emerging contaminants. 

“This new round of funding underscores the success of our teams’ past efforts and the confidence that partners continue to have in our ability to solve difficult problems,” said John, who leads the Applied Research program. “We’re grateful to continue working together toward new, more environmentally responsible practices that benefit our shared communities and natural environment.”  

Two of the newly funded projects focus on PFAS. John will collaborate with academic researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Texas at Austin to develop a cost-effective in situ method to destroy PFAS in groundwater, using ligand-coordinated zero-valent metals at ambient conditions. Tiffany, who leads Haley & Aldrich’s Emerging contaminants service, will helm a project to develop comprehensive guidance for airports transitioning away from PFAS-containing firefighting foam, which can contaminate soil and groundwater. 

The third project, led by Haley & Aldrich’s Jacob and Raul in collaboration with Weile Yan of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, aims to develop a cutting-edge monitoring tool capable of demonstrating the occurrence of abiotic transformation and estimating its rate in situ. 

All three projects begin in 2024, and researchers expect them to run through 2028. 

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