SERDP Announces FY 2017 New Start Project Selections


Fifty-three SERDP FY 2017 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2017 SERDP Core and SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include groundwater remediation; assessing and understanding munitions constituents contamination; munitions response in underwater environments; understanding phenological responses under non-stationary conditions; testing the hypotheses and conclusions of long-term ecological studies; providing useful climate information at moderate time scales;  alternatives for military refrigerants and aqueous film forming foam; non-chemical surface morphology modification; understanding coating degradation mechanisms; and synthesis of energetic materials.

The tables below list the FY 2017 SERDP new start projects for Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms. As project overviews become available, links from the project numbers will be provided below. Information on these and other SERDP and ESTCP projects is also available under Program Areas

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-17-01: Improved Strategies for Remediating Mixed Contaminants in Groundwater
ER-2712 The Development of Anaerobic Bioremediation Approaches for Chlorinated Solvent and 1,4-Dioxane Co-Contaminated Sites Dr. Alison Cupples Michigan State University
ER-2713 Biodegradation of CVOCs and 1,4-Dioxane Mixtures by Engineered Microbial Communities Dr. Shaily Mahendra University of California, Los Angeles
ER-2714 Development of Coupled Physicochemical and Biological Systems for In Situ Remediation of Perfluorinated Chemical and Chlorinated Solvent Groundwater Plumes Dr. Kurt Pennell Tufts University
ER-2715 In Situ Remediation of Aqueous Film Forming Foams and Common Co-Contaminants with the Dual Approach of Chemical Oxidation and Bioremediation Dr. Lisa Alvarez-Cohen University of California, Berkeley
ER-2716 Development of Slow Release Compounds for the Aerobic Cometabolic Treatment of Complex Mixtures of COC Released from Low Permeability Zones Dr. Lewis Semprini Oregon State University
ER-2717 A Novel Reactive Electrochemical Membrane System for Treatment of Mixed Contaminants Dr. Qingguo Huang University of Georgia
ER-2718 Synergistic Treatment of Mixed 1,4-Dioxane and Polyfluorinated Chemical Contaminations by Combining Electrolytic Degradation with Electrobiostimulation Dr. Jens Blotevogel Colorado State University
ER-2719 Utilizing the Plant Microbiome and Bioaugmentation to Degrade 1,4-Dioxane and Co-Contaminants Dr. Jerald Schnoor University of Iowa
ER-2720 Key Fate and Transport Processes Impacting the Mass Discharge, Attenuation, and Treatment of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Comingled Chlorinated Solvents or Aromatic Hydrocarbons Dr. Christopher Higgins Colorado School of Mines
ER-2721 Synergistic Reductive Dechlorination of 1,1,1-Trichloroethane and Trichloroethene and Aerobic Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane Dr. Bruce Rittmann Arizona State University
ERSON-17-02: Development of Standardized Sampling and Analytical Techniques for Munitions Constituents
ER-2722 Development and Optimization of Analytical Methods for Simultaneous Determination of IM and Legacy Explosive Compounds Dr. Anthony Bednar US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
ERSON-17-03: Improved Understanding of the Fate and Effects of Insensitive Munitions Constituents
ER-2723 Environmental Impact of DNAN and NTO on Plants Mr. Timothy Cary ERDC-CRREL
ER-2724 Determination of Fate and Toxicological Effects of Insensitive Munitions Compounds in Terrestrial Ecosystems Dr. Roman Kuperman U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
ER-2725 Incorporating Transformation Products into Models of the Environmental Fate of Insensitive Munition Constituents Dr. Paul Tratnyek Oregon Health & Science University
ER-2726 Application of Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotope Analysis to Evaluate Biotic and Abiotic Degradation of DNAN and NTO Dr. Neil Sturchio University of Delaware
ER-2727 Phototransformation, Sorption, Transport, and Fate of Mixtures of NTO, DNAN, and Traditional Explosives as a Function of Climatic Conditions Dr. Katerina Dontsova University of Arizona

Munitions Response

MRSON-17-01: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR-2728 Enhanced EMI Models and Systems for Underwater UXO Detection and Discrimination Dr. Fridon Shubitidze Dartmouth College
MR-2729 Rapid Response Surveys of Mobility, Burial and Re-exposure of Underwater Munitions in Energetic Surf-Zone Environments and Object Monitoring Technology Development Dr. Peter Traykovski Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MR-2752 Next Generation Buried Object Scanning Sonar (BOSS) for Detecting Buried UXO in Shallow Water Dr. Jason Sara Edge Tech
MR-2730 Unexploded Ordnance Characterization And Detection in Muddy Estuarine Environments Dr. Arthur Trembanis University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
MR-2731 Resolving the Role of the Dynamic Pressure in the Burial, Exposure, Scour, and Mobility of Underwater Munitions Dr. Diane Foster University of New Hampshire
MR-2732 Three-dimensional Computational Modeling of Turbulent Flow Field, Bed Morphodynamics and Liquefaction Adjacent to Munitions Dr. Xiaofeng Liu The Pennsylvania State University
MR-2733 Probabilistic Environmental Modeling System for Munitions Mobility Dr. Margaret Palmten Naval Research Laboratory
MR-2734 Augmented Co-Robotics for Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater Dr. Andrew Stewart University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
MRSON-17-02: Preliminary Design Study for Munitions Response Underwater Test Site
MR-2735 Preliminary Design Study for Munitions Response Underwater Test Site Mr. Stanley Tomich Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
MR-2736 A Preliminary Design Study of a Re-Deployable Underwater Test Bed Dr. Nagi Khadr Parsons Government Services, Inc. 

Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-17-01: Phenological Response to a Changing Climate on Department of Defense Lands and Waters: Implications
RC-2700 Will Climate-Mediated Phenological Shifts Affect Population Viability? A Test with Butterflies on Department of Defense Lands Dr. Elizabeth Crone Tufts University
RC-2701 Incorporating Photoperiodism in Insect Phenology Models with Application for Biological Control of Weeds on Department of Defense Lands Dr. Fritzi Grevstad Oregon State University
RC-2702 Variation in Phenological Shifts: How Do Annual Cycles and Genetic Diversity Constrain or Enable Responses to Climate Change? Dr. Julie Heath Boise State University
RC-2703 Predicting the Persistence of Salamanders: Consequences of Phenological Shifts for Species of Management Concern on DoD Lands Dr. Katherine O'Donnell U.S. Geological Survey
RCSON-17-02: Long-Term Ecological Studies: Testing Previous Hypotheses and Conclusions
RC-2704 Evaluating the Long-Term Ecological Responses to Riparian Ecosystem Restoration at the Fort Benning, Georgia Military Installation Dr. Natalie Griffiths Oak Ridge National Laboratory
RC-2705 Using long-term data to optimize recovery of understory plant communities: identifying the management contexts and species¿ traits that maximize the likelihood of sustained persistence and spread of plant populations. Dr. John Orrock University of Wisconsin
RC-2706 Site Preparation for Longleaf Pine Restoration on Hydric Sites: Stand Development and Ground Layer Responses 15 Years Following Planting Dr. Benjamin Knapp University of Missouri
RC-2707 Understanding Species Persistence in Complex Landscapes with a Long-Term Metapopulation Study of Rare Flora Dr. William Hoffmann North Carolina State University
RC-2708 Understanding the Effects of Changing Landscapes on the Population Status of Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers from Over 30 years of DoD Research Dr. Susan Haig USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
RCSEED-17-01: Providing Useful Climate Information at Moderate Time Scales - Proof of Concept
RC-2709 Useful Prediction of Climate Extreme Risk for Texas-Oklahoma at 4-6 Years Dr. Shih-Yu Simon Wang Utah State University
RC-2710 Exploring the Basis for Skillful Projections of Decision-Relevant Climate Normals Dr. Russell Vose NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
RC-2711 Developing an Experimental Predictive Framework for Climate Regime Shifts and Their Impacts Within a 2-20 year Outlook Window Dr. Michael Alexander NOAA/ERSL/PSD

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-17-01: Fluorine-Free Aqueous Film Forming Foam
WP-2737 Novel Fluorine-Free Replacement For Aqueous Film Forming Foam Dr. Joseph Tsang Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
WP-2738 Fluorine-Free Aqueous Film Forming Foam Dr. John Payne National Foam
WP-2739 Fluorine-Free Foams with Oleophobic Surfactants and Additives for Effective Pool fire Suppression Dr. Ramagopal Ananth U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
WPSON-17-02: No/Low Global Warming Potential Alternatives to Ozone Depleting Refrigerants
WP-2740 Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerant Blends for R-134a Dr. Piotr Domanski National Institute of Standards and Technology
WPSON-17-03: Surface Morphology Modification by Non-Chemical Methods to Enhance Coating Adhesion and Mechanical
WP-2741 Surface Mechanical Attrition for Coating Adhesion, Mechanical Bonding, Corrosion Mitigation and Wear Resistance Dr. Heather Murdoch Army Research Lab
WP-2742 Atmospheric Plasma for Surface Modifications and Nanoscale Embedding of Chemistry for Corrosion Control and Adhesion Promotion Dr. Santanu Chaudhuri University of Illinois
WP-2743 Laser-Interference Surface Preparation for Enhanced Coating Adhesion and Adhesive Joining of Multi-Materials Dr. Adrian Sabau Oak Ridge National Laboratory
WPSEED-17-01: Understanding Coating Degradation Mechanisms Induced by Fungi (Mold/Mildew)
WP-2744 Investigation of Coating Degradation Mechanisms Induced by Fungi Using Open-Air Laser Spectroscopy and Spectrometry Dr. Yongfeng Lu University of Nebraska - Lincoln
WP-2745 Assignment of Direct vs. Indirect Mechanisms Used by Fungi for Polyurethane Coating Biodegradation Dr. Justin Biffinger US Naval Research Laboratory
WP-2746 Mechanism of Fungal Degradation on Military Aircraft Coatings Dr. Irfan Ahmad University of Illinois
WP-2747 Mechanistic Study of Fungi Degradation of Organic Coatings used in Aircraft Finish Systems Mr. Dane Hanson NAVAIR
WPSEED-17-02: Solvent-Free Processes for Organic Synthesis of Military-Relevant Energetic Materials
WP-2748 Mechanochemical Preparation of Organic Nitro Compounds Dr. Edward Dreizin New Jersey Institute of Technology
WP-2749 The Development of a solvent-Free Process to Prepare DNAN Dr. David Chavez Los Alamos National Laboratory
WP-2750 Development of Solvent-Free Nitration Processes using tert-Butyl Nitrite Dr. David Boruta NSWC IHEODTD
WP-2751 Continuous Solventless Photochemical Nitration Using Nitrogen Dioxide Dr. John Zevenbergen TNO

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