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


Improved Understanding of Thermal Destruction Technologies for Materials Laden with PFAS

Kyle Doudrick

University of Notre Dame


Thermal-Enhanced Photochemical and Alkaline Destruction of PFAS in Sorbent Regenerants and Membrane Concentrates

Jinyong Liu

University of California, Riverside


Improving Low Temperature Thermal Treatment of PFAS and Infrared Spectroscopy Methods to Monitor Treatment Efficacy

Paul Koster van Groos

Aptim Federal Services, LLC


Thermal Decomposition of PFAS on Granular Activated Carbon: Kinetics, Mass Balance, and Reuse of Reactivated Carbon

Feng Xiao

University of North Dakota


Determination of Thermal Degradation Products and Residuals of PFAS Laden Sorbent Materials in Gas and Condensed Phases

Ying-Hsuan Lin

University of California, Riverside


Experimental and Theoretical Validation of the Chemical Kinetics for the Thermal Destruction of Perfluoroalkyl Alkyl Substances

C. Franklin Goldsmith

Brown University


Sustainable PFAS Treatment Using Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) Sorbents

Paul Koster van Groos

Aptim Federal Services, LLC


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


Biological Factors Influencing Sorption and Biodegradation of Contaminants on Particulate / Colloidal Activated Carbon 

Albert Juhasz

University of South Australia


Fundamentals of Particulate Amendment Transport and Compaction in Hydraulic Fractures and the Application to Effective Remediation in Low-Permeability Clay  

Cheng Chen 

Virginia Tech


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


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


An Investigation of Factors Affecting In Situ PFAS Immobilization by Activated Carbon   

Neil Thomson

University of Waterloo


Impacts of Particulate Carbon Amendments on Pollutant Fate in Groundwater

Charles Werth

University of Texas at Austin


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


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


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


Parameterizing Munitions Mobility and Burial in Riverine Environments

Carter DuVal

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Rapid Soil Classification and Integration of Soil Characteristics for UXO Site Characterization and Risk Assessment

Nina Stark

Virginia Tech


Applications of the Coupled-Finite/Boundary Element (CFEBE) Technique to Support the Support UXO Remediation Systems

Ahmad Abawi

HLS Research


Enhanced Sensing for Detailed Surveys in Very Shallow Water

Daniel Brown

Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University


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


Prior Guided, Informed Deep Learning for Detection and Classification of Underwater Military Munitions

Vishal Monga

The Pennsylvania State University 


Munition Mobility in Mixed Grain (Sand, Gravel, Cobble) Environments 

Meagan Wengrove

Oregon State University


Joint Beamforming and Automated Target Recognition for 3D SAS

Suren Jayasuriya

Arizona State University


Fourier-Domain Wavefield Rendering for Rapid Simulation of SAS Data

Alan Hunter

University of Bath


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


RNAi Development for Invasive Ant Eradication

Neil Tsutsui

University of California, Berkeley


Next Generation Biosecurity Monitoring of Invasive Alien Arthropod Species

George Roderick

University of California, Berkeley


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


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 


Enzymatic Conversion of Ammonium Nitrate Solution to Multiple Useful Industrial Feed-stocks 

Igor Medintz

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Purification of Ammonium-Nitrate Solution (ANSOL) by Electrochemical Removal of Nitramine Explosives and Chromium

Philip Larese-Casanova

Northeastern University


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


Environmentally Sustainable ANSOL Reuse at Holston Army Ammunition Plant

Sarah Headrick

BAE Systems

WPSON-21-C2: Optimization of Advanced Battery Processing and Recycling Technologies


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


Effective Chromate-free Post-treatment Sealer

Jeannine Elliott

TDA Research, Inc.


Development of a Chromate Free ZnNi Passivation Treatment

James Dante

Southwest Research Institute


Application of Schiff Base Chemistry to Surface Passivation and Sealing of Plated Steels, Anodized Aluminum and IVD Coatings

Waynie Schuette

The Boeing Company


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


High-aligned Short Fiber (TuFF) Technologies for Sustainable Composite Repair

Shridhar Yarlagadda

University of Delaware


Structural Repair of Metal Alloys by a Solid-State Additive Deposition Process

J. Brian Jordon

University of Alabama


Optimization of Self-healing Fiber-reinforced Polymer-matrix Composites via Convolutional Neural Networks

Jason Patrick

North Carolina State University


Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing for Aircraft Components 

Timothy Eden

Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University