SERDP Announces FY 2020 New Start Project Selections


Eighty-one SERDP FY 2020 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2020 SERDP Core and SEED solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include assessment and characterization of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance contamination; munitions response in underwater environments; management of wildland fires; management of natural resources; development of advance coating systems, and development of environmental friendly energetic materials.

The tables below list the FY 2020 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-20-C1: Biodegradation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Found in Aqueous Film Forming Foams
ER20-1023 Microbially-Mediated Defluorination of High-Priority PFAS: Microorganisms, Genetics, and Biochemistry Jinxia Liu McGill University
ER20-1219 Biotransformation and Potential Mineralization of PFOS, PFHxS, and PFOA by Acidimicrobiaceae sp. A6 under Iron Reducing Conditions Peter Jaffe Princeton University
ER20-1286 A Synergistic Platform for Defluorination of Perfluoroalkyl Acids (PFAAs) through Catalytic Reduction Followed by Microbial Oxidation Bruce Rittmann Arizona State University
ER20-1430 Biodegradation of PFAS via Superoxide-Hyper-Producing Bacteria Pedro Alvarez Rice University
ER20-1541 Identification, Characterization, and Application of Reductive Defluorinating Microorganisms Yujie Men University of California, Riverside
ERSON-20-C2: Development of Passive Sampling Methodologies for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
ER20-1073 Ion Exchange Membranes and Fibers as Passive Samplers for Chemically-Diverse PFAS Lee Blaney University of Maryland Baltimore County
ER20-1098 Development of a Novel PFAS Passive Sampler with Efficient Sorbent Media and Robust Membrane Barrier Yin Wang University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
ER20-1127 Osorb® Media Use in PFAS Passive Samplers Craig Divine Arcadis
ER20-1156 Development of Passive Sampling Methodologies for PFAS Sarit Kaserzon The University of Queensland
ER20-1211 Passive Samplers for PFAS with Innovative Sorbents  Mei Sun University of North Carolina at Charlotte
ER20-1293 Development and Field-Testing of Advanced Passive Samplers for PFAS Rainer Lohmann University of Rhode Island
ER20-1336 Development of Novel Functionalized Polymeric Thin Films for Equilibrium Passive Sampling of PFAS in Surface and Groundwater Upal Ghosh University of Maryland Baltimore County
ER20-1363 Development of a Diffusive Gradients in Thin-Films Passive Sampling Methodology for PFAS in Water Julian Fairey University of Arkansas
ERSON-20-C3: Development of Analytical Methods to Assess Leaching and Mobility of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from Soils, Sediments, and Solid Wastes
ER20-1126 Development and Validation of Novel Techniques to Assess Leaching and Mobility of PFAS in Impacted Media Jennifer Guelfo Texas Tech University
ERSON-20-C4: Quantitative Groundwater Plume Characterization to Support Transition Assessments
ER20-1079 Development of Predictive Tools for Assessment of Natural Attenuation Capacity and Treatment Transition at Chlorinated Solvent Sites Natalie Capiro Auburn University
ER20-1203 Quantifying the Distribution of Biotic and Abiotic Transformation Rate Constants in Low Permeability Clay Zones for Improved Assessment of TCE Impacts to Groundwater at DoD Field Sites Charles Werth University of Texas at Austin
ER20-1270 Quantitative Assessment of Long-term Abiotic Transformation Rates of Chlorinated Solvents   Weile Yan University of Massachusetts Lowell
ER20-1357 Developing a Quantitative Framework for Predicting Abiotic Attenuation under Natural and Transitional Site Management Scenarios Paul Tratnyek Oregon Health & Science University
ER20-1368 Development of Protocols to Quantify Abiotic Transformation Rates and Mechanisms for Chlorinated Ethenes in Water Supply Aquifers David Freedman Clemson University
ER20-1374 Field Deployable ORP Kit for Quantitative Assessment of Abiotic Monitored Natural Attenuation Rates Dimin Fan Geosyntec Consultants
ER20-1429 Transitioning from Active Remedies to Monitored Natural Attenuation David Adamson GSI Environmental Inc.
ERSON-20-C5: Forensic Methods for Source Tracking and Allocation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
ER20-1056 Improving Access and Utility of Analytical Data for the Confident Discovery, Identification, and Source-Attribution of PFAS in Environmental Matrices Benjamin Place National Institute of Standards & Technology
ER20-1121 Establishing an Approach to PFAS Forensics and a PFAS Source Materials Forensic Library Mark Benotti NewFields Government Services
ER20-1205 Machine Learning Pattern Recognition for Forensic Analysis of Detected PFAS in Environmental Samples Tohren Kibbey University of Oklahoma
ER20-1265 Ultrahigh-Resolution Fourier-Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry for Fingerprinting, Source Tracking, and Allocation of PFAS Jens Blotevogel Colorado State University
ER20-1330 A Simple and Robust Forensic Technique for Differentiating PFAS Associated with Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) from other PFAS Sources David L. Sedlak University of California
ER20-1375 Comprehensive Forensic Approach for Source Allocation of PFAS Chris Higgins Colorado School of Mines
ERSON-20-A1: Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Surfactant Formulations
ER20-1506 Soil Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Surfactant Formulations Roman Kuperman U.S. Army Chemical Biological Center
ER20-1508 Assessing the Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Surfactant Formulations in Wild Mice and Japanese Quail Michael Quinn U.S. Army Public Health Center
ER20-1511 Comparative Assessment of Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of Fluorine-Free Formulations in Terrestrial Plants and Model Soil Invertebrates Xiaoqin Wu Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
ER20-1518 Ecotoxicity of Fluorine-Free Fire Fighting Foams Ed Wirth NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
ER20-1531 Multi-Taxa Ecotoxicity of Novel Fluorine Free Foam versus Next Generation Alternatives to Aquatic Species for Informing Risk Assessment Jamie Suski EA Engineering Sciences and Technology, Inc.
ER20-1537 The Relative Toxicities of Current Use Aqueous Film Forming Foams and Next Generation Alternatives to Aquatic Species for Informing Risk Assessment Jason Hoverman Purdue University

Munitions Response

MRSON-20-C1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR20-1094 Mobility and Burial of Variable Density Munitions in the Inner Surf and Swash Zones during Controlled Extreme Forcing Jack Puleo University of Delaware
MR20-1220 Limited Scope Development of a Sediment Fluidization and Target Handling Claw for UXO Burial at Underwater Munitions Test Ranges Nicolas Michel-Hart University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory
MR20-1359 Finite element modeling and assessment of acoustic scattering by unexploded ordnance in variable seafloor environments Aaron Gunderson Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin
MR20-1443 Physics-Based Features and Classification Architecture for Underwater Buried Targets Lane Owsley University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory
MR20-1472 Detection and Classification of Military Munitions Underwater Using Active Fluorometric Imaging (AFI) Steven Ackleson Naval Research Laboratory
MRSEED-20-S1: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR20-1494 Development of Surf-Zone Capable Unmanned Surface Vessels Peter Traykovski Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MR20-1493 Exhuming Munitions via Turbulence-Induced Bed Fluidization Blair Johnson University of Texas at Austin
MR20-1484 Area and Depth Coverage Assessment for Acoustic Unexploded Ordnance Detection Surveys Robbert van Vossen TNO
MR20-1478 Novel Eulerian Two-Phase Simulations for Burial Dynamics of Munitions Tian-Jian Hsu University of Delaware

Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-20-C1: Installation Resilience Research: Theoretical Frameworks for Compound Threats
RC20-1091 Modeling Compound Threats to Interdependent Infrastructure Systems on Naval Installations Daniel Eisenberg Naval Postgraduate School
RC20-1138 Severe Impact Resilience: Assessment Framework for Adaptive Compound Threats Imes Chiu U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
RC20-1183 NICE: Networked Infrastructures under Compound Extremes Auroop Ganguly Northeastern University
RC20-1420 Predicting Impacts of Species Loss on Ecosystem Resilience: an Experimental Test of a Novel Theoretical Framework Jinelle Sperry U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
RCSON-20-C2: Improved Understanding of Response of DoD Relevant Marine Mammal Populations to Multiple Stressors
RC20-1097 Towards an Understanding of the Cumulative Effects of Multiple Stressors on Marine Mammals – an Interdisciplinary Working Group with Case Studies Peter Tyack University of St Andrews
RC20-1284 Assessment of the Cumulative Effects of Multiple Stressors on Marine Mammals– Elephant Seals as a Model System Daniel Costa University of California, Santa Cruz
RCSON-20-C3: DoD Wildland Fire Management Research for Improved Military Land Use
RC20-1025 Closing Gaps in Measurements and Understanding: Plume Characteristics, Live Fuel Moisture Dynamics, and Process-Based Modeling  Russell Parsons USDA Forest Service, RMRS Fire Sciences Laboratory
RC20-1047 An Improved Understanding of Fuel Dynamics, Fire Behavior and Regional Air Quality Impacts of Prescribed Burning at DoD Lands Mehmet Odman Georgia Tech Research Corporation
RC20-1298 The Role of Vorticity and Fuel Moisture on the Near-Field Plume Structure and Ember Dynamics Bryan Quaife Florida State University
RC20-1304 The Effect of Fuel Characteristics and Fire Dynamics on Emissions, Dispersion, and Air Quality Impacts  Brian Gullett U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development
RC20-1346 Object-Based Aggregation of Fuel Structures, Physics-Based Fire Behavior and Self-Organizing Smoke Plumes for Improved Fuel, Fire, and Smoke Management on Military Lands Andrew Hudak USDA Forest Service
RC20-1362 A Multiscale Study of the Coupling Between Flow, Fire and Vegetation – Influence of Vegetation Distribution and Flow on Fire Behavior and Plume Development for Risk Mitigation in Prescribed Burns Albert Simeoni Worcester Polytechnic Institute
RC20-1382 Novel Sloping Wind Tunnel Experiments and Adaptive Mesh Simulations of Fine-Scale Combustion for Physics-Based Models of Wildland Fire Peter Hamlington University of Colorado, Boulder

Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-20-C1: Development of Advanced Coating Systems
WP20-1106 Selectively Strippable Silyl-Containing Aerospace Topcoats using Environmentally Friendly Fluoride Salts  Erick Iezzi Naval Research Laboratory
WP20-1107 Isocyanate-Free Organosilane Polymers for Specialty Aircraft Coatings Erick Iezzi Naval Research Laboratory
WP20-1174 Selective Atmospheric Plasma Coating Removal (APCR) for Composite Substrates Peter Yancey Atmospheric Plasma Solutions, Inc.
WP20-1417 Development of Novel Next Generation Cure-On-Demand Ultra High Solid (UHS) Non-Skid Coating Charles White Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
WPSON-20-C2: Advanced Synthesis Techniques for Military-Relevant Energetic Materials or Significant Precursors
WP20-1010 Reduction of Acidic and Toxic Waste Streams in Explosives Manufacturing Using Electrochemical Nitration Matthew Burk Nalas Engineering Services, Inc.
WP20-1110 Innovative, Scalable and Sustainable Bio-manufacturing Routes to Precursors of the High Explosive Hexa-nitro-hexa-azaisowurtzitane (CL-20) Nigel Scrutton University of Manchester
WP20-1125 Retrobiosynthetic Design and Genome Mining for Renewable Energetic Materials Ben Gordon Massachusetts Institute of Technology
WP20-1215 Reaction Acceleration of Military Relevant Energetic Compounds and Precursors through Confined Volume Methodologies Patrick Fedick Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division
WP20-1249 Continuous Nitration of Alternative Cellulose Feedstocks Joost van Lingen TNO
WP20-1391 Sustainable, Low Cost Production of Biosynthetic 1,2,4-Butanetriol and Butanetriol Trinitrate Benjamin Harvey Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division
WPSON-20-C3: Novel Solutions for Prevention of CMAS Accumulation in Gas Turbine Engines
WP20-1281 Sandphobic Thermal / Environmental Barrier Coatings for Gas Turbine Engines Anindya Ghoshal U.S. Army Research Laboratory
WPSON-20-C4: Environmentally Benign Rocket Propellants
WP20-1151 Biological Production of Thermal Stabilizers David Graham Oak Ridge National Laboratory
WPSON-20-C5: Development of New Approaches for Demilitarization of Conventional Military Munitions
WP20-1020 Demilitarization of Hexachloroethane-Containing Smoke Ammunition by Sublimation and Carbonization. Matthew Davis Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division
WPSEED-20-S1: Reduction of Hazardous Waste Streams from Composite Manufacturing and Repair
WP20-1500 Integrated Approach to Material State Assessment for Composite Manufacturing and Repair Waste Reduction Joseph  Tsang Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division
WP20-1483 Closed Loop Recycling of Composite Waste Streams into High Performance Aligned Short Fiber Composites Dirk Heider University of Delaware
WP20-1491 Recycling of Composites and Prepregs by Oxidative Catalysis Steven Nutt University of Southern California
WP20-1490 Methods to Understand, Monitor, and Extend Prepreg Storage Time Steven Nutt University of Southern California
WPSON-20-A1: Innovative Approaches to Fluorine-Free Fire Fighting Foams
WP20-1507 Drop-in Synergistic Surfactants and Additives for Effective Pool Fire Suppression Ramagopal Ananth Naval Research Laboratory
WP20-1530 Polyethylene Oxide-Based Polymer Formulations for Fluorine Free Fire Suppression Braden Giordano Naval Research Laboratory
WP20-1533 Hollow Microspheres Based Fire Fighting Foams Krishnaswamy Rangan Materials Modification, Inc.
WP20-1535 Aqueous Film Forming Foams Based on Biodegradable Natural Surfactants and Additives Tirumalai Sudarshan Materials Modification, Inc.
WP20-1539 Innovative Nano-Encapsulated Ionic Liquid-Based Surfactants for Fluorine-Free Fire Extinguishing Foams Jaspreet Dhau Molekule, Inc.
WP20-1540 Additive Enhanced Siloxane Surfactants for Fire Fighting Foams Krishnaswamy Rangan Materials Modification, Inc.
WP20-1542 Enhancement of Fluorine-Free Fire Fighting Agents for Compressed Air Foam Applications Jeffery Owens Air Force Civil Engineering Center

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