What is PFAS?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class that includes at least 4,000 chemicals. Many of these have been used in fire-fighting foams for fuel fires, water and stain-resistant coatings for furniture, carpeting, footwear, textiles, paper food packaging and more. Unlike the case for nearly all other organic pollutants, PFAS in soil and water are not degraded by biological or biogeochemical processes.
The main goals of the 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 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, the U.S. and the world. Researchers are working with state government and other relevant stakeholders with an interest in PFAS-related issues.
Published on May 20, 2020
The Center for PFAS Research brings together faculty from across Michigan State University to study the health and environmental issues around PFAS chemicals.
Published on February 1, 2020
Michigan has the most contamination sites in the nation, and scientists are working to learn more about the little-known contaminants.