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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

PFAS remediation using photocatalysis

Location

Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Soft Matter Materials

RO# Location
13.25.04.C0504 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817

Advisers

name email phone
Rao, Rahul rahul.rao.2@us.af.mil 864.650.4557

Description

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.

Keywords:
PFAS, photocatalysis, LC-MS, Raman spectroscopy, metal oxides, plasmons

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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