What is PFAS?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of over 4,000 chemicals. Many of these have been used in fire-fighting foams for extinguishing fuel fires, as water and stain-resistant coatings for furniture, carpeting, footwear, cookware, textiles, paper food packaging and more. Unlike the case for many other organic pollutants, PFAS in soil and water are not degraded by biological or biogeochemical processes.
Scientists and health professionals are concerned about PFAS because the chemicals are widespread in the environment, persist for long periods, and have been linked with human and natural resource health problems.
The main goals of the MSU Center for PFAS Research are to quantify and communicate PFAS risks, and mitigate their impacts on human health, agriculture, and natural resources. To accomplish this, researchers aim to:
- Quantify exposure and risk for humans, livestock, crops, fish, and wildlife
- Develop and test remediation strategies and technologies
- Explore safer PFAS alternatives
The MSU Center for PFAS Research is positioned as a center of excellence at MSU that will be a go-to location for PFAS research as it pertains to contamination of agricultural and natural resources in the state of Michigan, in the U.S. and the world. Researchers are working with state government and other relevant stakeholders with an interest in PFAS-related issues.
Center for PFAS Research Faculty Spotlight: Brad L. Upham
Dr. Brad Upham’s contribution of determining the potential adverse health effects of PFAS is an important mission of the MSU Center for PFAS Research.Read More
Real-time Science: PFAS Compounds
Published on May 2, 2023
In this post we look at a community request: PFAS compounds.
FAA grant supports MSU researchers studying PFAS remediation at Grand Rapids airport
Published on August 18, 2022
Five MSU researchers are part of the team that received a $1.2M grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
PFAS Report: MSU professor offers highlights of CDC guidance
Published on July 28, 2022 by MSU Today
Beyond Lake Superior: High PFAS found in rainbow smelt across Michigan
Published on March 28, 2022 by mLive
EPA will finally regulate ‘forever chemicals.’ Experts say it’s not enough.
Published on October 20, 2021 by Grist