E24: PFAS – A Wonder Chemical Which Became a Nightmare

One-Day Course:
Date to be Announced; 8:30am – 5:00pm

Dr. Jay Meegoda, NJ Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” are now widespread, known contaminants in air, water, soil and food. They’re commonly detected in people’s blood everywhere, in the US and globally. PFAS chemicals show up in consumer and household products, cookware, clothing, children’s products, food packaging, firefighting foams and manufacturing wastes. These toxic pollutants can spread quickly and do not break down easily in the environment. PFAS exposures are increasingly linked to a host of health harms, from cancers to reproductive and developmental damages impacting infants, children and their families. Hence in this short course an in depth presentation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances or PFAS will be given. Topic includes a brief history followed by human intake of PFAS and Health Concerns, discharge of PFAS and Fate and Transport, Detection and Destruction of PFAS.

Water and wastewater treatment facility owners and operators, Airport and Landfill owners and operators,  Consultants, Regulators, Local Government Committee, Laboratory Technicians, Researchers, Students.

  1. What are Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances or PFAS?
  2. How were they produced?
  3. PFAS: Pathway for Human Exposure
  4. PFAS: Applications and Environmental Release
  5. Where can you find them or problem areas?
  6. PFAS: Health Concerns
  7. PFAS in Environmental Matrices
  8. Fate and Transport of PFAS
  9. PFAS Contamination A Crisis
  10. Analytical Detection Technologies for PFAS
  11. Pros and Cons of Detection Technologies for PFAS
  12. Other Emerging Detection Methods
  13. PFAS: Treatment Technologies and Challenges for Liquid Media
  14. PFAS: Separation Technologies
  15. PFAS: Destructive Technologies
  16. PFAS Destruction Technologies- In Development Phase
  17. PFAS Destruction Technologies- Transitioning to the Field
  18. Pros and Cons of PFAS Treatment Technologies
  19. PFAS Treatment Train
  20. PFAS: Treatment Technologies and Challenges for Solid Media
  21. Future of PFAS detection,  treatment and remediation

Meegoda is a Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He received his BS (Honors) from University of Sri Lanka and his M.S. and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. He has been working as educator, consultant and researcher in engineering for over 44 years. He utilizes scientific concepts and engineering technologies in his research to provide solutions to real world problems. Dr. Meegoda has worked with state and local governments, and foreign governments to provide technical input for broad range of problems