SERDP Announces FY 2018 New Start Project Selections


Sixty-six SERDP FY 2018 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2018 SERDP Core and SEED solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include understanding and remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance contamination; understanding and control of stormwater; remediation of contaminated sediments; munitions response in underwater environments; managing species and ecosystems across jurisdictional boundaries; assessment of climate change vulnerability; emulsion science in military applications; specialty coatings removal; alternative propulsion and explosive systems; and agile battlefield manufacturing.

The tables below list the FY 2018 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-18-C1: Improved Understanding of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Source Zones
ER18-1259 A Mechanistic Understanding of PFASs in Source Zones: Characterization and Control Jennifer Field Oregon State University
ER18-1149 Development and Laboratory Validation of Mathematical Modeling Tools for Prediction of PFAS Transformation, Transport, and Retention in AFFF Source Areas Linda Abriola Tufts University
ER18-1204 Insights into the Long-Term Mass Discharge & Transformation of AFFF in the Unsaturated Zone Charles Schaefer CDM Smith
ER18-1280 Evaluating the Importance of Precursor Transport and Transformation for Groundwater Contamination with Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances Elsie Sunderland Harvard University
ER18-1389 Baseline Data Acquisition and Numerical Modeling to Evaluate the Fate and Transport of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances within the Vadose Zone Jeff Silva GSI North America Inc.
ERSON-18-C2: In Situ and Ex Situ Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Contaminated Groundwater 
ER18-1306 Combined In Situ / Ex Situ Treatment Train for Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Contaminated Groundwater Michelle Crimi Clarkson University
ER18-1289 Treatment of Legacy and Emerging Fluoroalkyl Contaminants in Groundwater with Integrated Approaches: Rapid and Regenerable Adsorption and UV-Induced Defluorination Jinyong Liu University of California, Riverside
ER18-1063 Regenerable Resin Sorbent Technologies with Regenerant Solution Recycling for Sustainable Treatment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) Timothy Strathmann Colorado School of Mines
ER18-1026 Rational Design and Implementation of Novel Polymer Adsorbents for Selective Uptake of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from Groundwater Damian Helbling Cornell University
ER18-1027 Ex Situ Treatment of PFAS Contaminated Groundwater Using Ion Exchange with Regeneration Mark Fuller Aptim Federal Services, LLC
ER18-1417 Molecular Design of Effective and Versatile Adsorbents for Ex Situ Treatment of AFFF-Impacted Groundwater Mandy Michalsen U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ER18-1395 Electrically Assisted Sorption and Desorption of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Douglas Call North Carolina State University
ER18-1320 Electrochemical Oxidation of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Still Bottoms from Regeneration of Ion Exchange Resins Qingguo Huang University of Georgia
ER18-1300 Removal of Complex Mixtures of Perfluoroalkyl Acids from Water Using Molecularly Engineered Coatings on Sand and Silica Paul Edmiston The College of Wooster
ER18-1278 An Electrocoagulation and Electrooxidation Treatment Train to Degrade Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Other Persistent Organic Contaminants in Ground Water Dora Chiang AECOM
ER18-1052 Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Contaminated Groundwater Using Cationic Hydrophobic Polymers as Ultra-High Affinity Sorbents Reyes Sierra-Alvarez University of Arizona
ERSON-18-C3: Improved Understanding of Stormwater Impacts and Control on Sediment Recontamination and Recovery
ER18-1145 Prevention of Sediment Recontamination by Improved BMPs to Remove Organic and Metal Contaminants from Stormwater Runoff Richard Luthy Stanford University
ER18-1230 Development, Evaluation, and Technology Transfer of BMPs for Optimizing Removal of PAHs, PCBs, PFASs, and Metals from Stormwater at DoD Sites Staci Simonich Oregon State University
ER18-1303 Treatment Media for Control of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Metals in Stormwater Birthe Kjellerup University of Maryland
ER18-1371 Development of Tools to Inform the Selection of Stormwater Controls at DoD Bases to Limit Potential Sediment Recontamination Danny Reible Texas Tech University
ERSON-18-C4: Innovative Approaches for Monitoring and Implementing In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments
ER18-1428 Drinking Water Treatment Residuals as Material for in situ Capping of Metal Contaminated Sediments Jean-Claude Bonzongo University of Florida
ER18-1181 Proof-of-Concept for the in situ Toxicity Identification Evaluation (iTIE) Technology for Assessing Contaminated Sediments, Remediation Success, Recontamination and Source Identification Allen Burton University of Michigan
ER18 Follow-Ons:
ER17-1001 Actively Shaken in situ Passive Sampler Platform for Methylmercury and Organics Upal Ghosh University of Maryland, Baltimore County
ER17-1003 Field Testing A Passive Multisampler To Measure Dioxins/Furans And Other Contaminant Bioavailability In Aquatic Sediments Rainer Lohmann University of Rhode Island

Munitions Response

MRSON-18-C1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR18-1233 Improved Penetrometer Performance in Stratified Sediment for Cost-Effective Characterization, Monitoring and Management of Submerged Munitions Sites Nina Stark Virginia Tech
MR18-1180 Using Laboratory Techniques in the Field to Measure Munitions Mobility in the Underwater Environment Blake Landry U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
MR18-1051 Simulation, Signal Extraction, and Augmented Visualization for 3D BOSS data Timothy Marston University of Washington
MRSON-18-S1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR18-1459 Shallow Water Lidar for Target Morphology: Impacts of Surface Roughness and Turbidity Jeffrey Thayer Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates, LLC 
MR18-1443 Bistatic Target Classification using Low-Cost Unmanned Marine Vehicles in Shallow Water Erin Fischell Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MR18-1453 Wide Area Mapping of Munitions Distribution at Underwater Sites Joe Calantoni U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
MR18-1466 In-Situ Electrochemical Remediation of Underwater Unexploded Ordinance Kyoo Jo U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
MR18-1444 Cubist-Inspired Deep Learning with Sonar for UXO Detection and Classification David Williams NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
MR18-1406 Demonstration of Physics-based Inversions of Multibeam Echosounder for Sediment Properties Brian Hefner University of Washington
MR18-1440 Multimodal Sensor Fusion for UXO Classification and Remediation Aaron Marburg University of Washington
MR18 Follow-Ons
MR-2628 Meshfree Modeling of Munitions Penetration in Soils Sheng-Wei Chi University of Illinois, Chicago

Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-18-C1: Advanced Approaches for Managing Individual Species and Ecosystems Across Jurisdictional Boundaries in A Non-Stationary World
RC18-1358 Using Remotely-sensed Data and Light-level Geolocator Technology to Inform Off-Post Landscape-Scale Conservation Planning for a Migratory Species Ashley Long Texas A&M AgriLife Research
RC18-1034 A Data-Driven Decision Support System to Identify Optimal Land Use Alternatives for Protecting Species of Concern on DoD and Surrounding Lands Charles Hawkins Utah State University
RC18-1065 Managing Metapopulations of Threatened Species Across Jurisdictional Boundaries: Quantifying Effects of Climate Change, Environmental Synchrony, Dispersal, and Corridors William Morris Duke University
RC18-1207 The Impacts of Land Use and Climate Change on Mojave Desert Tortoise Gene Flow Dynamics and Corridor Functionality Jill Heaton University of Nevada, Reno
RC18-1348 Engaging a Crowd-Sourced eDNA Database to Enhance DoD-relevant Conservation Goals Michael Schwartz USDA / US Forest Service National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation
RC18-1103 Critical Habitat Breadth for Gopherus Tortoises: a New Paradigm for Managing Threatened and Endangered Species in a Non-Stationary World Kevin Shoemaker University of Nevada, Reno
RC18-1209 A Multidisciplinary Assessment of Cross-Boundary Mitigation Liba Pejchar Colorado State University
RCSON-18-C2: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Major Habitats on and Around DoD Lands
RC18-1006 Understanding and Assessing Riparian Habitat Vulnerability to Drought-Prone Climate Regimes on Department of Defense Bases in the Southwestern USA Michael Singer University of California, Santa Barbara
RC18-1108 Aquatic Ecosystem Vulnerability to Fire and Climate Change in Alaskan Boreal Forests Jeffrey Falke U.S. Geological Survey
RC18-1183 Resiliency and Vulnerability of Boreal Forest Habitat to the Interaction of Climate and Fire Disturbance across DoD Lands of Interior Alaska Scott Goetz Northern Arizona University
RC18-1322 Forecasting Dryland Ecosystem Vulnerability to Change: A Cross-system Assessment of Vegetation and Process Responses to Disturbance and Climate Variability on DoD Lands Scott Ferrenberg U.S. Geological Survey
RC18-1346 Climate-driven Landscape Disturbance Assessment Adam Atchley Los Alamos National Laboratory
RC18-1170 Interior Alaska DoD Training Land Wildlife Habitat Vulnerability to Permafrost Thaw, an Altered Fire Regime, and Hydrologic Changes Thomas Douglas U.S. Army ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
RC18 Follow-Ons
RC17-1004 Resilience of Boreal Ecosystems Assessed using High-Frequency Records of Dissolved Organic Matter and Nitrate in Streams Tamara Harms University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-18-C1: Advancing Emulsion Science for Application in Armed Forces Vessels
WP18-1408 Preferential Surfactant Biodegradation for De-Emulsifying Bilge Water Josh Kogot Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
WP18-1215 Relating the Phase, Flow, and Coalescence Behavior of Complex Shipboard Emulsions to the Physical and Chemical Properties of Model Surfactant-Oil-Water Systems John Howarter Purdue University
WP18-1114 Emulsion Characterization Study for Improved Bilgewater Treatment and Management Danielle Paynter Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
WP18-1074 Formation of Detergent Stabilized Oil-Water Emulsion in Bilge Water and a Method to Thwart the Same Manoj Chaudhury Lehigh University
WP18-1031 Understanding Shipboard Oil/Water Emulsions Using Macro- and Micro-scale Flows Cari Dutcher University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
WPSON-18-C2: Non-Chemical, Non-Media Removal Process for Thick, Elastomeric Specialty Coatings Used on DoD Weapon Systems
WP18-1347 Introducing Interfacial Bond Failure at the Elastomer-Primer Interface using Tailored Infrared-Sonication Hybrid Technology Jaspreet Dhau Molekule Inc
WPSON-18-C3: Systems Approaches in Propulsion and Explosives Toward Replacing Materials Such as Ammonium Perchlorate (AP), RDX, and TNT
WP18-1409 Scalable Synthesis Development of MBANF David Price BAE Systems
WP18-1299 A "Green" Propylnitroguanidine (PrNQ) Based Solution for Comp B Applications Chase Munson U.S. Army Research Laboratory
WP18-1203 MTNI-based Replacement for Comp B in a Printed M67 Grenade Karl Oyler U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
WP18-1193 An Integral Hypergolic Hybrid-Solid Fuel Ramjet Concept for AP-Free High Performance Tactical Rocket Motors Mark Pfeil Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center
WPSON-18-C4: Development of Agile, Novel Expeditionary Battlefield Manufacturing Processes Using Recycled and Reclaimed Materials
WP18-1047 Development of an Agile, Novel Expeditionary Battlefield Manufacturing Plant using Recycled and Reclaimed Thermoplastic Materials Prabhat Krishnaswamy Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus (Emc2)
WP18-1176 From Waste Steel to Weapons: Additive Manufacturing Enabled Agile Manufacturing Diran Apelian Worcester Polytechnic Institute
WP18-1291 Glass-Reinforced, Recycled PET as Additive Manufacturing Feedstock Moby Ahmed Ambercycle, Inc.
WP18-1323 Recycling and Reuse of Metal Alloys by a Single Solid-State Additive Manufacturing and Repair Process Paul Allison University of Alabama
WP18 Follow-Ons
WP18-1439 Development and Evaluation of Non-Chromate LHE ZnNi Passivations for DoD Electrical Connectors Matt O'Keefe Missouri University of Science and Technology
WP18-1468 Tactical Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Systems that Eliminate Isocyanates and Ammonium Perchlorate Andrew Guenthner Air Force Research Laboratory

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