SERDP Announces FY 2021 New Start Project Selections


Forty-five SERDP FY 2021 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2021 SERDP Core and SEED solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include understanding thermal destruction technologies for PFAS-impacted matrices; understanding processes influencing the effectiveness and fate of particulate amendments; munitions response in underwater environments; management of invasive, alien terrestrial species; installation resiliency advancements; replacements for hazardous materials in production and maintenance processes, and optimization of advanced battery processing and recycling technologies.

The tables below list the FY 2021 SERDP new start projects for Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and  Weapons Systems and Platforms.

As project overviews become available, a link to each project webpage will be provided below. Information on these and other SERDP and ESTCP projects is also available under Program Areas

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-21-C1: Improved Understanding of Thermal Destruction Technologies for Materials Laden with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
ER21-1107 Improved Understanding of Thermal Destruction Technologies for Materials Laden with PFAS Kyle Doudrick University of Notre Dame
ER21-1117 Thermal-Enhanced Photochemical and Alkaline Destruction of PFAS in Sorbent Regenerants and Membrane Concentrates Jinyong Liu University of California, Riverside
ER21-1135 Improving Low Temperature Thermal Treatment of PFAS and Infrared Spectroscopy Methods to Monitor Treatment Efficacy Paul Koster van Groos Aptim Federal Services, LLC
ER21-1185 Thermal Decomposition of PFAS on Granular Activated Carbon: Kinetics, Mass Balance, and Reuse of Reactivated Carbon Feng Xiao University of North Dakota
ER21-1191 Determination of Thermal Degradation Products and Residuals of PFAS Laden Sorbent Materials in Gas and Condensed Phases Ying-Hsuan Lin University of California, Riverside
ER21-1234 Experimental and Theoretical Validation of the Chemical Kinetics for the Thermal Destruction of Perfluoroalkyl Alkyl Substances C. Franklin Goldsmith Brown University
ER21-1238 Sustainable PFAS Treatment Using Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) Sorbents Paul Koster van Groos Aptim Federal Services, LLC
ER21-1288 Multi-Scale Evaluation of PFAS Thermal Destruction Requirements Brian Gullett U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development
ERSON-21-C2: Improved Understanding of Processes Influencing the Effectiveness and Fate of Particulate Amendments
ER21-1059 Biological Factors Influencing Sorption and Biodegradation of Contaminants on Particulate / Colloidal Activated Carbon  Albert Juhasz University of South Australia
ER21-1060 Fundamentals of Particulate Amendment Transport and Compaction in Hydraulic Fractures and the Application to Effective Remediation in Low-Permeability Clay   Cheng Chen  Virginia Tech
ER21-1068 Investigation of Mineral-based Soil Amendments for Stabilization of PFAS in Simulated Groundwater Environments Amanda Barker U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center-Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
ER21-1070 Hydraulic, Chemical, and Microbiological Effects on the Performance of In Situ Activated Carbon Sorptive Barrier for PFAS Remediation in Coastal Sites Xitong Liu The George Washington University
ER21-1111 An Investigation of Factors Affecting In Situ PFAS Immobilization by Activated Carbon    Neil Thomson University of Waterloo
ER21-1130 Impacts of Particulate Carbon Amendments on Pollutant Fate in Groundwater Charles Werth University of Texas at Austin
ER21-1224 Dynamic Interactions between Sorption and Biodegradation: Implications for Long-Term Performance of Activated Carbon-Based Technology for In Situ Groundwater Remediation of Chlorinated Solvents Dimin Fan Geosyntec Consultants
ER21-1235 Electroanalytical Methods for Assessing the Synergistic Benefits of Activated Carbon-Based Amendments for In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater Paul Tratnyek Oregon Health & Science University

Munitions Response

MRSON-21-C1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR21-1081 Model Roundup and Extension for the Current- and Wave-induced Burial, Re-exposure, Mobilisation and Migration of UXO and DMM Peter Menzel Corvus Works UG
MR21-1227 Parameterizing Munitions Mobility and Burial in Riverine Environments Carter DuVal U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
MR21-1265 Rapid Soil Classification and Integration of Soil Characteristics for UXO Site Characterization and Risk Assessment Nina Stark Virginia Tech
MR21-1275 Applications of the Coupled-Finite/Boundary Element (CFEBE) Technique to Support the Support UXO Remediation Systems Ahmad Abawi HLS Research
MR21-1279 Enhanced Sensing for Detailed Surveys in Very Shallow Water Daniel Brown Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University
MR21-1291 Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Grain Shape Effects on Munition Mobility Sylvia Rodriguez-Abudo University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
MRSEED-21-S1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR21-1330 Prior Guided, Informed Deep Learning for Detection and Classification of Underwater Military Munitions Vishal Monga The Pennsylvania State University 
MR21-1333 Munition Mobility in Mixed Grain (Sand, Gravel, Cobble) Environments  Meagan Wengrove Oregon State University
MR21-1334 Joint Beamforming and Automated Target Recognition for 3D SAS Suren Jayasuriya Arizona State University
MR21-1339 Fourier-Domain Wavefield Rendering for Rapid Simulation of SAS Data Alan Hunter University of Bath
MR21-1341 Wave Resolved and Averaged Numerical Modeling of UXO Migration Peter Traykovski Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-21-C1: Advanced Biosecurity Tools for Controlling Invasive, Alien Terrestrial Species (IATS) in Support of Enhanced Strategic Mobility
RC21-1028 RNAi Development for Invasive Ant Eradication Neil Tsutsui University of California, Berkeley
RC21-1034 Next Generation Biosecurity Monitoring of Invasive Alien Arthropod Species George Roderick University of California, Berkeley
RC21-1137 A Terrestrial Environmental DNA Survey for Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Surveillance and Mitigation Julie Lockwood Rutgers University
RCSON-21-C2: Research to Improve Installation Infrastructure Resiliency Processes, Systems, and Tools
RC21-1233 Advancing Resilience Theory and Tools to Combat Environmental Surprise  David Alderson Naval Postgraduate School

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-21-C1: Conversion of Ammonium Nitrate Solutions to Useful Products
WP21-1073 Enzymatic Conversion of Ammonium Nitrate Solution to Multiple Useful Industrial Feed-stocks  Igor Medintz U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
WP21-1126 Purification of Ammonium-Nitrate Solution (ANSOL) by Electrochemical Removal of Nitramine Explosives and Chromium Philip Larese-Casanova Northeastern University
WP21-1247 Electrochemical Transformation of ANSOL Using Electrically Conducting Membranes for the Production of Ammonia and Nitric Acid, the Destruction of High Energy Compounds, and Removal of Chromium David Jassby University of California, Los Angeles
WP21-1252 Environmentally Sustainable ANSOL Reuse at Holston Army Ammunition Plant Sarah Headrick BAE Systems
WPSON-21-C2: Optimization of Advanced Battery Processing and Recycling Technologies
WP21-1071 Deactivation and Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries using Chloroaluminate Ionic Liquids: a Holistic Approach with Low Energy Consumption and Small Environmental Impact Juchen Guo University of California, Riverside
WPSON-21-C3: Development of Chromium-Free Post Treatment Sealers
WP21-1056 Effective Chromate-free Post-treatment Sealer Jeannine Elliott TDA Research, Inc.
WP21-1131 Development of a Chromate Free ZnNi Passivation Treatment James Dante Southwest Research Institute
WP21-1188 Application of Schiff Base Chemistry to Surface Passivation and Sealing of Plated Steels, Anodized Aluminum and IVD Coatings Waynie Schuette The Boeing Company
WP21-1296 Novel Deposition Method for Chromium-Free Sealer for Metal Finishing Processes Alexander Westbrook Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division 
WPSON-21-C4: Structural Repair of Defense Assets
WP21-1089 High-aligned Short Fiber (TuFF) Technologies for Sustainable Composite Repair Shridhar Yarlagadda University of Delaware
WP21-1102 Structural Repair of Metal Alloys by a Solid-State Additive Deposition Process J. Brian Jordon University of Alabama
WP21-1240 Optimization of Self-healing Fiber-reinforced Polymer-matrix Composites via Convolutional Neural Networks Jason Patrick North Carolina State University
WP21-1308 Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing for Aircraft Components  Timothy Eden Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

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