NGWREF funds research on electrochemically enhanced bioremediation of groundwater


WESTERVILLE, OH -- The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation has awarded a grant to Daqian Jiang, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, for a research project on the bioremediation of groundwater.

Jiang will receive $8,000 for his project, “Electrochemically Enhanced Bioremediation for Attenuation of Arsenic, Nitrate, and Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater,” which addresses a key priority area of NGWREF — the research of emerging contaminants and the development of remediation technologies that can be used to address current and new pollutants.

Further, the project integrates well with NGWREF’s mission to address public concerns about groundwater quality through “providing research that can result in sound, reliable science and innovative, effective, cost-saving technologies for improved use, management, protection, and remediation of groundwater resources.”

Jiang’s proposed research aims to (1) develop a “drop-and-treat” alternative for enhanced remediation of arsenic, nitrate, and emerging contaminants in groundwater, and (2) produce a prototype device that is an innovative solution to some long-standing and emerging challenges in groundwater remediation.

It is also among the first research to investigate the mechanisms of electro-biochemical remediation of arsenic, nitrate, and emerging contaminants with advanced molecular techniques, which will collect critical information needed to assess the scale-up potential of electrically enhanced bioremediation.

If successful, the proposed research will introduce a new category of technologies that has the potential of complementing existing technologies and addressing many emerging challenges in groundwater remediation.

NGWREF, founded in 1994 as an IRS-approved public charity, is operated by the National Ground Water Association as a 501(c)(3) public foundation focused on conducting educational, research, and other charitable activities related to a broader public understanding of groundwater.

NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.

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