Sixty-four SERDP FY 2019 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2019 SERDP Core and SEED solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include assessment and characterization of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance contamination; understanding and treatment of munitions constituents contamination; munitions response in underwater environments; management of wildland fires; management of natural resources; reduction of aircraft engine noise; predictive corrosion modeling; alternative gun propellant manufacture; novel pyrotechnic formulations, and improved materials for warfighter protection.

The tables below list the FY 2019 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 Focus Areas.

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-19-C1: Ecological Risk Characterization of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in the Subsurface: Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification


Uptake and Bioaccumulation/Biomagnification of Subsurface-Derived PFASs by Lotic, Warm Water Food Webs

Marie Kurz

Drexel University


Determination of Biomagnification Potentials for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Terrestrial Food Webs

Roman Kuperman

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center


Physiological, Ecological and Environmental Determinants of PFAS Accumulation in Fish: Towards an Improved Bioaccumulation Model

Christopher Salice

Towson University


Developing a Predicitive Understanding of PFAS Bioaccumulation with Environmental Complexity: Application to the Model Benthic Invertebrate Hyalella azteca and Common Fish Model Pimephales promelas

Matt Simcik

University of Minnesot

ERSON-19-C2: Development of Standardized Analytical and Environmental Sampling Methods for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in the Subsurface


Bench-Scale Assessment of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Complex Resistivity Screening Technologies for Rapid Assessment of PFASs in Soils and Sediments

Lee Slater

Rutgers University Newark


Developing PIGE into a Rapid Field-Screening Test for PFAS

Graham Peaslee

University of Notre Dame


Development and Validation of Analytical Methods for Comprehensive Profiling of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Firefighting Foam Impacted Environmental Matrices

Jinxia Liu

McGill University


Assessing and Mitigating Bias in PFAS Levels during Ground and Surface Water Sampling

Jennifer Field

Oregon State University


Rapid Site Profiling of Organofluorine: Quantification of PFASs by Combustion Gas Analysis

David Hanigan

University of Nevada, Reno

ERSON-19-C3: Innovative Treatment Options to Mitigate Munitions Constituent Transport on DoD Testing and Training Ranges


NTO and DNAN Transformations Quantified using Enriched Stable Isotope Tracers

Craig Tobias

University of Connecticut


Complete Biodegradation of Insensitive High Explosive Compounds

Jim Field

University of Arizona


Integrative Approach to Quantifying Fate of Munitions Constituents on Training Ranges

Katerina Dontsova

University of Arizona


Development of Innovative Passive and Sustainable Treatment Technologies for Energetic Compounds in Surface Runoff on Active Ranges

Mark Fuller

APTIM Federal Services, LLC


Bioaugmentation for Enhanced Mitigation of Explosives in Surface Soil

Fiona Crocker

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center


Optimizing Carbon Amendments that Simultaneously Adsorb and Transform Legacy and Insensitive High Explosives

Wenqing Xu

Villanova University


Understanding why RDX Persists in Soils and Developing Technologies to Prevent Transport of RDX and NTO from Testing and Training Ranges

Timothy Cary

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

ERSON-19-C4: Cost Effective Options for Treatment of Wastes from Munitions Constituents Manufacturing


High Rate Degradation of 3-Nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO) to Environmentally Benign End Products in Sequential Reducing-Oxidizing Reactive Mineral Packed Bed Reactors

Jim Field

University of Arizona


Cost Effective Treatment Trains for Wastewater Containing Legacy Munitions and Insensitive High Explosives

Jennifer Weidhaas

University of Utah


Electrochemically-Induced In Situ Degradation of Legacy Munitions and Insensitive High Explosives in Manufacturing Wastewater

Philip Larese-Casanova

Northeastern University


Membrane Bioreactor System for Cost Effective Treatment of Munitions Constituents Manufacturing Wastes

Paul Hatzinger

APTIM Federal Services, LLC


Reactive Electrochemical Membrane Reactors for Electrochemical Degradation of Munitions Constituents in Manufacturing Wastewaters

Brian Chaplin

University of Illinois at Chicago

Munitions Response

MRSON-19-C1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Coupled Ensemble Sea-Floor Environment and 6-DOF Model for Assessing Characteristics of Munitions Underwater and their Environment

Peter Chu

Naval Postgraduate School


Advanced Capabilities in the Underwater Munitions Expert System

Sarah Rennie

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory


Bistatic Acoustic Scattering from Munitions: Interactions with Nearby Clutter and the Water-Sediment Interface

Steven Kargl

University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory


Advanced Marine EMI Processing Techniques for Munitions Detection and Classification

Stephen Billings

Black Tusk Geophysics


Towards Developing Demonstrations for Munitions Mobility and Burial in the Underwater Environment

Joe Calantoni

Naval Research Laboratory

MRSON-19-C2: Modeling Predictions of Munitions Penetration in a Variety of Soils Underwater


Robust Prediction of Ordnance Depth of Burial Soils using Field Calibrated Phenomenological Model & Probabilistic Simulations

Stephan Bless

New York University

MRSON-19-S1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Crab-like Legged Robot for Accessing and Classifying Munitions in Surf Zones

Kathryn Daltorio

Case Western Reserve University


Intrinsic Scalar Magnetic Gradiometer for Accurate Localization of Magnetic Anomalies

Rui Zhang

Geometrics, Inc.

MR19 Follow-Ons


Development of Blast-Barge technology for Underwater Munitions Demolition Follow-On

Timothy Shelton

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-19-C1: Wildland Fire Research to Improve Military Land use Efficiency


3D Fuel Characterization for Evaluating Physics-Based Fire Behavior, Fire Effects, and Smoke Models on U.S. Department of Defense Military Lands

Roger Ottmar

USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station


Live Fuels: Identification of Key Processes Controlling Ignition and Fuel Combustion

David Blunck

Oregon State University


Characterizing Multiscale Feedbacks Between Forest Structure, Fire Behavior and Effects: Integrating Measurements and Mechanistic Modeling for Improved Understanding of Pattern and Process

Chad Hoffman

Colorado State University


Physics-Based Modeling of Fire Behavior and Smoke Plume Development, How Much is Enough?

William Mell

U.S. Forest Service


Understanding Fire Response to Spatial Variations in Vegetation Distribution and Wind Flow

Bret Butler

U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station


Influence of Fuel Heterogeneity and a Novel Fuel Rendering technique on Fire Spread Predictions

Eric Rowell

Tall Timbers Research Station

RCSON-19-C2: Conservation Tools to Support DoD Training Land Use


Using Engineered DNA to Assess Spatial and Temporal Variation in eDNA as a Measure of the Temporal and Spatial Variation of Biodiversity

Jose Andres

Cornell University


Detection and Identification of Environmental DNA from Beaked Whales on the Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) Range using Droplet Digital PCR

Charles Scott Baker

Oregon State University


Assessing Pollinator Communities via Environmental DNA (eDNA) Metacommunity Assay

Mark Davis

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Scaling Up from Individuals to Populations: Integrating Spatial Ecology with Multi-Locus Environmental DNA to Improve Detection and Estimate Populations Parameters

Caren Goldberg

Washington State University


Development of eDNA Tools to Quantify Freshwater Mussel Abundance and Monitor breeding Activity Across Multiple River Systems

Katy Klymus

U.S. Geological Survey


Predicting eDNA Transport and Degradation in Flowing Waters: Application of a Conservation Tool using Integrated Experimental, Field, and Modeling Approaches

Jennifer Tank

University of Notre Dame

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-19-C1: Aircraft Engine Noise Reduction Technology


Flow Control of Large-Scale Coherent Turbulence to Reduce Jet Noise

Steven Miller

University of Florida


Noise Abatement in Afterburning Jet Engines using Chevron Seals

Shawn O'Connor

U.S. Naval Air Systems Command


Aircraft Engine Noise Reduction Technology

Junhui Liu

Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C.


Impact of Shear Layer Swirl on Near- and Far-Field Noise Emissions from Twin-Engine Military Aircraft

Z.J. Wang

University of Kansas

WPSON-19-C2: Predictive Corrosion Models to Mitigate Environmental Hazards


An Experimental and Finite Element Modeling Approach to Determining Degradation of Aircraft Coating Systems

Steve Policastro

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Predictive Coating Condition Model for Advanced Asset Management

Fritz Friedersdorf

Luna Innovations, Inc.


Predictive Corrosion Models to Mitigate Environmental Hazards on Ground and Rotary Wing Assets

Fred Lafferman

Army Research Laboratory


Multi-Modal Corrosion Solutions for Aircraft Structures

Christine Sanders

Naval Research Laboratory

WPSON-19-C3: Additive Manufacturing of Gun Propellants with Reduced Environmental Impact


Additive Manufactured Gun Propellants from UV Curable Nitrocellulose Based Resins

Zachary Doorenbos

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake


Environmentally Friendly 3D Printed Propulsion Charge

Jared Moretti

U.S. Army RDECOM - Army Research, Development and Engineering Center


Ambient Reactive Extrusion for Design and Manufacture of Novel, Environmentally Friendly Gun Propellant Formulations for Additive Manufacturing

Jason Robinette

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

WPSON-19-C4: Novel Pyrotechnics that Reduce Environmental Impact


Development of Pyrophoric Foam Materials for Environmentally-Benign Pyrotechnics

Zhaohua Luan

U.S. Army RDECOM - Army Research, Development and Engineering Center


On-Command Pyrotechnic Light Emission Through Controlled Electromagnetic Irradiation

Eric Miklaszewski

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division


Feasibility of a Thermoelectric Generator for a Reduced Environmental Impact Electronic Flare

Joost van Lingen



High Color Purity Low Smoke Solvent-Free Multi-Color Signal Flares

Richard Bouma


WPSON-19-C5: Multifunctional Fibers and Textiles for Warfighter Integrated Protection


New Methodology to Assess Health and Environmental Impact of Flame Resistant Textiles

Thomas Tiano

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center


A Simple Surface Functionalization Method for Multifunctional Textiles With Flame and Vector Protection

Ravi Mosurkal

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center


Environmentally Friendly Multifunctional Materials for Shelters

Robin Szczuka

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center


Insect Resistant Textiles for Disease Vector Protection

Bryan Koene

Luna Innovations, Inc.


Electrospun Multifunctional Composite Fibers for Improved Warfighter Insect Protection

Jeffrey Lundin

Naval Research Laboratory

WP19 Follow-Ons


Retrogressive Approach to Determine Fungal Biodegradation Responses and Mechanisms to Polyurethane-Based Coatings

Justin Biffinger

University of Dayton