Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
PFAS remediation using photocatalysis
Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Soft Matter Materials
||Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817
Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the so-called "forever" chemicals are dangerous contaminants that persist in the environment. This problem is particularly relevant to the Air Force, where these chemicals contaminate the soil and water surrounding air fields. Thus, there is an increasing need to develop state-of-the-art methods to detect and remove PFAS from the environment. In this research, we will use photocatalysis to irradiate (UV as well as visible light) and cleave the PFAS molecules into their atomic constituents. This will involve the synthesis of novel UV photocatalyst nanomaterials , including UV photocatalysts such as gallium oxide, indium oxide or titania nanoparticles and nanowires as well as plasmonic nanoparticles under visible light irradiation, and their integration into membranes through functionalization. Characterization will be done by optical spectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman, and photoluminescence), NMR and mass spectrometry. This research will aid ongoing efforts for PFAS remediation at AFRL.
PFAS, photocatalysis, LC-MS, Raman spectroscopy, metal oxides, plasmons
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the
number of years of experience past their PhD.