WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: NJ1181
Title: Vapor phase UV Destruction of organic contaminants
Focus Categories: Groundwater, Water Quality
Keywords: (PTO), photo-thermal oxidation, organic contaminants, (PCR), photo-chemical remediation, remediation, (PCE), tetrachloroethylene, subsurface contamination
Start Date: 03/01/2001
End Date: 02/28/2002
Federal Funds: $2,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $5,275
Congressional District: 6
Jeff Jeong-yub Lee
Student, Rutgers, The State University
Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University
Subsurface contamination, a major problem in the United States and around the world, is present at Rutgers University Busch Campus in the form of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) on a contaminated site that requires substantial remediation. A new method for destruction of organic contaminants, photo-chemical remediation (PCR) technology, will provide an efficient process for destroying organic contaminants in the vapor phase.
For groundwater treatment, the organic contaminants can be easily stripped from the aqueous phase to the vapor phase using a mobile, field-scale PCR reactor system based on this technology for laboratory research and for field demonstration of subsurface remediation.
The system proposed to be constructed, based on photo-thermal oxidation (PTO), will rapidly and efficiently destroy hazardous substances, such as VOCs', PAHs, halogenated hydrocarbons, etc.
The process can be used to treat multiple pollutants, large gas quantities at moderate temperatures, with no fuel and expensive sorbents to be disposed of.