Project #5: Chloro-Organic Degradation by Polymer Membrane Immobilized Iron-Based Particle Systems
The contamination of groundwater aquifers and soil in various Superfund sites by toxic chlorinated organic compounds, e.g., polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and trichloroethylene (TCE) continues to be a pervasive problem preventing use of these potentially potable sources for drinking water. Despite decades of cleanup efforts, these types of organic compounds continue to be Superfund contaminants of national concern due to their high toxicity, persistence, and wide spread occurrence in the environment. Of the 14 active National Priority List sites in Kentucky, 6 are contaminated with either PCBs or TCE, including the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The development of technologies based on the use of non-toxic chemicals and the integration of well-established polymer membrane technologies is expected to bring solutions to remediate toxic organics. Chlorine containing organics, such as TCE (used as degreasing solvents and even in dry cleaning) and PCB (used in transformers) are known to have high toxicity. Oxidative and reductive detoxification techniques can be used either separately or in tandem to break down these pollutants by utilizing reactive iron nanoparticles.
Researchers with the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center are currently working to overcome the
obstacles of nanoparticle-based pollutant degradation by integrating particles in high throughput membranes to provide an elegant solution for remediation. This approach not only prevents clumping of particles but also eliminates particle release. UK researchers are also working with a membrane manufacturing company (Nanostone Water) to make full scale membrane filters containing iron particles. These membranes can be rolled up (in spiral form) and placed in plastic pipes through which contaminated groundwater can then be pumped and cleaned before being pumped back into the groundwater or released to a nearby stream.
- Nazari R, Rajić L, Ciblak A, Hernández S, Mousa IE, Zhou W, Bhattacharyya D, Alshawabkeh AN. 2019. Immobilized palladium-catalyzed electro-Fenton’s degradation of chlorobenzene in groundwater. Chemosphere 216:556-563. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.10.143 PMID: 30390586
- Islam, M. S., Hernández, S., Wan, H., Ormsbee, L., and Bhattacharyya, D. (2018). Role of membrane pore polymerization conditions for pH responsive behavior, catalytic metal nanoparticle synthesis, and PCB degradation. Journal of Membrane Science, In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.03.060
- Akbari, A., Meragawi, S.E., Martin, S.T., Corry, B., Shamsaei, E., Easton, C.D., Bhattacharyya, D., Majumder, M. (2018). Solvent transport behavior of shear aligned graphene oxide membranes and implications in organic solvent nanofiltration. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(2), 2067-2074. doi:10.1021/acsami.7b11777
- Detisch, M., Balk, T. J., Bhattacharyya, D. (2018). Synthesis of Catalytic Nanoporous Metallic Thin Films on Polymer Membranes. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 57(12), 4420–4429. doi: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b00053
- Wan, H., Briot, N., Saad, A., Ormsbee, L., and Bhattacharyya, D. (2017). Pore functionalized PVDF membranes with in-situ synthesized metal nanoparticles: Material characterization, and toxic organic degradation. Journal of Membrane Science, 530, 147-157. doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.02.021.
- Aher, A., Papp, J., Colburn, A., Wan, H., Hatakeyama, E., Prakash, P., Weaver, B., and Bhattacharyya, D. (2017). Naphthenic acids removal from high TDS produced water by persulfate mediated iron oxide functionalized catalytic membrane, and by nanoﬁltration. Chemical Engineering Journal, 327, 573–583. doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.128
- Hernández, S., Porter, C., Zhang, X., Wei, Y., Bhattacharyya, D. (2017). Layer-by-layer assembled membranes with immobilized porins. RSC Advances, 7(88): 56123-56136. doi: 10.1039/C7RA08737C
- Sarma, R., Islam, M. S., Miller, A.-F., Bhattacharyya, D. (2017). Layer-by-Layer-Assembled Laccase Enzyme on Stimuli-Responsive Membranes for Chloro-Organics Degradation. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9(17), 14858-14867. doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b01999
- Colburn, A.S., Meeks N.D., Weinman, S.A., Bhattacharyya D. (2016). High total dissolved solids water treatment by charged nanofiltration membranes relating to power plant applications. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 55(14):4089-4097. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.6b00098
- Davenport, D.M., Gui, M., Ormsbee L.E., Bhattacharyya, D. (2016). Development of PVDF membrane nanocomposites via various functionalization approaches for environmental applications. Polymers 8(2):32. doi:10.3390/polym8020032
- Hernandez, S., Saad, A., Ormsbee, L., Bhattacharyya, D. (2016). Nanocomposite and responsive membranes for water treatment. Chapter 16 in Emerging Membrane Technology for Sustainable Water Treatment (pp. 389-431). Cambridge, MA: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63312-5.00016-4.
- Bhattacharyya, D., & Schafer, T. (Editors). (2013). Responsive Membranes and Materials. Chichester, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
- Xiao, L., Isner, A., Hilt, J.Z., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2013). Temperature Responsive Hydrogel with Reactive Nanoparticles. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 128(3), 1804-1814. doi: 10.1002/app.38335
- Zahran, E., Bhattacharyya, D., Bachas, L. (2013). Reactivity of Pd/Fe Bimetallic Nanotubes in Dechlorination of Coplanar Polychlorinated Biphenyls. Chemosphere, 91(2), 165-171.
- Smuleac V, Xiao L, Bhattacharyya D. (2013). Greener and Other Approaches To Synthesize Fe and Pd Nanoparticles in Functionalized Membranes and Hydrogel. Chapter 3 in: Sustainable Nanotechnology and the Environment: Advances and Achievements (pp. 41-58). Washington, D.C: American Chemical Society.
Posters and Presentations
- Wan, H., Hernandez, S., Briot, N.J., Ormsbee, L., Bhattacharyya, D. (2017, December). Understanding the role of Fe/Pd nanoparticles in functionalized membrane systems for PCB degradation. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting. Student Poster Award Winner.
- Wan, H. (2017, October). Iron/Palladium Nanoparticle Functionalized Membrane for Chlorinated Contaminates Treatment. Oral presentation at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Second Place in TED-Sep talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOCKGBELAkQ&t=2s
- Wan, H., Briot, N.J., Saad, A., Ormsbee, L., Bhattacharyya, D. (2017, July). Pore functionalized PVDF membranes with in-situ synthesized metal nanoparticles: material characterization, and toxic organic degradation. Poster presented at the 2017 International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, San Francisco, CA. Student Poster Winner.
- Degradation of Toxic Organics by Nanosized Metallic Systems and by Hydroxyl Radical Reaction
- Membrane-Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Based Reactor for Toxic Organic Degradation
Bhattacharyya, D. (2016). Green Synthesis Nanocomposite Membranes. U.S. Patent No. 9375684. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Bhattacharyya, D. et al. (2015). Chemical Processing Cell with Nanostructured Membranes. U.S. Patent No. 9174173. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Bhattacharyya, D. (2013). Water Purification Device and a Method of Decontaminating a Water Supply. U.S. Patent Application No. 13/438,253. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.