This NSF-funded project began in 2015, and investigates the discovery and re-discovery of per- and polyfluorinated chemicals, a class of carbon-fluorine-based chemicals widely used in industrial production and found in numerous consumer products.  This project seeks to understand the confluence of actors and conditions necessary for the periodic discoveries of the health and environmental impacts of these chemicals.  Additionally, this project will focus on how contamination episodes in three locations have impacted the awareness, regulation and research related to this class of chemicals.

This NSF PFAS project is led by Prof. Phil Brown (NU) and Alissa Cordner (Whitman).

Award Information: National Science Foundation SES-1456897. 2015-2019.