The Center for PFAS Research is positioned to become a major developer of PFAS standards, a center for development of green chemistry and remediation technologies, and a collaboration hub for academic, public health, state, federal and industry research endeavors surrounding PFAS and emerging contaminants.
To accomplish these goals, the center has six primary focus areas:
- Health Impacts: Researchers will develop a framework that leads to a validated computational approach that assesses the impact of PFAS compounds, metabolites and mixtures on health of biological systems (humans, as well as wild and domesticated plants and animals).
- Environmental Monitoring/Modeling: Researchers will develop a framework that allows for sophisticated monitoring of the bioactivity or effects of PFAS compounds in our nation’s waterways.
- Discovery and Measurement: Researchers will develop and apply analytical methods for discovery of unmeasured PFAS chemicals and quantitative measurements of PFAS substances in water, vegetables, fruits and soils. This includes setting up state-of-the-art PFAS testing facilities at MSU.
- Agricultural Impacts: Researchers will investigate the transport and uptake of PFAS from the soil of agricultural fields into crops and estimate exposure for humans and livestock.
- Risk Assessment and Risk Management - Communication and Governance: The center will advance social scientific inquiry by further assessing what types of information, and levels of certainty, decision makers require in order to make risk-reducing interventions in complex systems. The risk assessments will be used to inform multiple levels of risk management, including:
- Priorities for future research based on existing knowledge gaps
- Design criteria and standards for remediation
- Comparative benchmarks for the development of alternatives
- Risk communication strategies and materials for communities through MSU Extension
- Analysis of policy effectiveness, including risk reduction in communities that are traditionally less empowered.
- Risk Assessment and Risk Management - Remediation and Development of Alternatives: Researchers are developing methods of PFAS remediation, as well as alternatives to PFAS.