SERDP Announces FY 2018 New Start Project Selections


One Hundred and Ten 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.
ER18-1259 A Mechanistic Understanding of PFASs in Source Zones: Characterization and Control Jennifer Field Oregon State University
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, Environmental Laboratory
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
ERSON-18-L1: Innovative Approaches for Treatment of Waste Derived from Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Subsurface Investigations
ER18-1482 Chemical Decomposition Combined with Physical Adsorption for the Treatment of Investigation-Derived Waste Containing PFASs Hyeok Choi The University of Texas, Arlington
ER18-1491 Reactive Electrochemical Membrane (REM) Reactors for the Oxidation of Perfluoroalkyl Compound Contaminated Water Brian Chaplin University of Illinois, Chicago
ER18-1497 High-Performance Treatment of PFASs from Investigation-derived Waste: Integrating Advanced Oxidation-Reduction and Membrane Concentration Jinyong Liu University of California, Riverside
ER18-1501 Hydrothermal Technologies for On-Site Destruction of Site Investigation Wastes Contaminated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) Timothy Strathmann Colorado School of Mines
ER18-1513 Effective Destruction of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Water by Modified SiiC-Based Photocatalysts Young Chul Choi Research Triangle Institute
ER18-1515 A Cost-Effective Technology for Destruction of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from DoD Subsurface Investigation-Derived Wastes Dongye Zhao Auburn University
ER18-1526 Complete Reductive Defluorination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) by Hydrated Electrons Generated from 3-Indole-Acetic-Acid in Chitosan-Modified Montmorillonite Hailiang Dong Miami University
ER18-1545 Innovative Treatment of Investigation-Derived Waste Polluted with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Contaminants and Other Co-Contaminants Thomas Boving University of Rhode Island
ER18-1556 Small-Scale Thermal Treatment of Investigation-Derived Wastes (IDW) Containing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Paul Koster van Groos APTIM Federal Services, LLC
ER18-1570 Application of Non-Thermal Plasma Technology for the Removal of Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances from Investigation-Derived Wastes Christopher Sales Drexel University
ER18-1572 Evaluation of Indirect Thermal Desorption Coupled with Thermal Oxidation (ITD/TO) Technology to Treat Solid PFAS-impacted Investigation-Derived Waste (IDW) Frank Barranco EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
ER18-1593 Demonstration of Smoldering Combustion Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Investigation-Derived Waste Dave Major Geosyntec Consultants
ER18-1595 A Combined Photo/Electrochemical Reductive Pathway Towards Enhanced PFAS Degradation David Jassby University of California, Los Angeles
ER18-1599 Pilot Scale Assessment of a Deployable Photocatalytic Treatment System Modified with BiPO4 Catalyst Particles for PFAS Destruction in Investigation-Derived Wastewaters Ezra Cates Clemson University
ER18-1603 Field Demonstration of Infrared Thermal Treatment of PFAS-contaminated Soils from Subsurface Investigations James Hatton CH2M Hill, Inc.
ER18-1620 Ex Situ Remediation of Investigation-Derived Wastes containing PFAS by Electron Beam Technology Suresh D. Pillai Texas A&M University
ER18-1624 Plasma Based Treatment Processes for PFAS Investigation Derived Waste Thomas Holsen Clarkson University
ER18-1652 Destruction of PFAS and Organic Co-Contaminants in Water and Soil Present in Investigation-Derived Waste at DoD Sites Using Novel Adsorbent and Ultrasound Hui Yu Amriton, LLC
ERSON-18-L2: Defining Knowledge Gaps in the Understanding of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in the Subsurface
ER18-1502 A Framework for Assessing Bioaccumulation and Exposure Risks of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Threatened and Endangered Species on Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)-Impacted Sites Frank Gobas Simon Fraser University
ER18-1614 Guidance for Assessing the Ecological Risks of PFASs to Threatened and Endangered Species at Aqueous Film Forming Foam-Impacted Sites Jason Conder Geosyntec Consultants
ER18-1621 Establishment of Fate and Transport Mechanics for PFASs Under Controlled Aquifer Conditions and Correlation to Existing Data Brian Shedd U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
ER18-1626 Investigating Potential Risk to Threatened and Endangered Species from Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) on Department of Defense (DoD) Sites Jamie Suski EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
ER18-1633 Lines of Evidence to Assess the Effectiveness of PFAS Remedial Technologies Rula Deeb Geosyntec Consultants
ER18-1653 Approach for Assessing PFAS Risk to Threatened and Endangered Species Craig Divine Arcadis, US Inc.

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 Louisiana State University
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
RC18-1021 Using Unmanned Aerial Systems to Model Spatially-Mediated Heterogeneity in 3D Microclimate Landscapes Anna Carter Iowa State University
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
RCSON-18-L1: Analysis of Defense Related Ecosystem Services
RC18-1604 Assessing Ecosystem Service Benefits from Military Installations James Kagan Oregon State University
RC18-1605 Value and Resiliency of Ecosystem Services on Department of Defense (DoD) Lands Nate McDowell Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
RC18-1615 DoD Land Management and Natural Capital/Ecosystem Services: Research on the Efficacy of Applying a Supply Chain Paradigm and Economic Valuation Tools to Optimize Management Decision-Making and Enable Quantification of DoD Stewardship Value Stephen Petron CH2M HILL, Inc.
RCSON-18-L2: Quantifying the Effects of Environmental Nonstationarity at DoD Relevant Scales
RC18-1486 Integrating Remote Sensing and Field Measurements to Identify Environmental Nonstationarity on Interior Alaska DoD Training Lands Jennifer Watts The Woods Hole Research Center
RC18-1569 Next-generation rainfall IDF curves for the Virginian drainage area of Chesapeake Bay Xixi Wang Old Dominion University
RC18-1577 Determining the Temporal and Spatial Scales of Nonstationarity in Temperature and Precipitation across the Continental United States for a Given Emissions Scenario Daniel Feldman Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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
WPSON-18-L1: Innovative Approaches to Fluorine-Free Aqueous Film Forming Foam
WP18-1519 Surfactants with Organosilicate Nanostructures for Use as Fire-Fighting Foams (F3) Matthew Davis Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
WP18-1559 Designing Next Generation Polymer-Based Surfactants for Fire Suppression Timothy Long Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
WP18-1592 Stability of Fluorine-Free Foams with Siloxane Surfactants for Improved Pool Fire Suppression Ramagopal Ananth U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
WP18-1597 Innovative Nano-Encapsulated Ionic Liquid Based Surfactants for Flourine-Free Fire Extinguishing Foams Jaspreet Dhau Molekule, Inc.
WP18-1630 Fluorine-Free Ionic Liquids for Aqueous Film Forming Foam Tirumalai Sudarshan Materials Modification, Inc
WP18-1638 Fluorine Free Aqueous Film Forming Foams Based on Functional Siloxanes Kris Rangan Materials Modification, Inc

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