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: Hui Li
Dr. Li contributes to research on PFAS fate and mitigation in soil-water-plant systems. His research focuses on PFAS sorption by soil, plant uptake, bioavailability in the environmental media, and remediation.Read More
Published on January 25, 2022
Cheryl Murphy, a professor in the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and director of the Center for PFAS Research, leads the project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.
Published on December 13, 2021
Project GREEEN seed funding leveraged for new three-year study
Published on October 20, 2021 by Grist
Published on June 1, 2021 by MSU Innovation Center
Published on February 25, 2021 by MSU Today