The Occurrence and Fate of PFAS (Per-/Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances) in the Environment
Mark L. Brusseau, UA Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science
The use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in numerous industrial, commercial, and military applications has resulted in their widespread distribution in the environment. Research reports have demonstrated that PFAS are present in the atmosphere, surface water, sediment, soil, groundwater, treated wastewater, biosolids, landfill leachate, and drinking water. This presentation will briefly discuss the nature, sources, and properties of PFAS, their transport, and fate in the environment, with example case studies.
Mark Brusseau's research is focused on developing a fundamental understanding of the factors and processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface. His approach integrates theoretically and experimentally based investigations with the development and use of process-based mathematical models. Mark is also interested in the development and evaluation of innovative methods for characterization and remediation of subsurface contamination and the evaluation of risks posed to human health by contamination.