Ionic Fluorogels for Remediation of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances from Water

Congratulations to Dr. Elango Kumarasamy (postdoc alumni) and Irene Manning (graduate student) for their publication in ACS Central Science entitled “Ionic Fluorogels for Remediation of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances from Water.” In collaboration with the Coronell Research Lab in the Gillings School of Global Public Health here at UNC, Elango and Irene synthesized and analyzed a systematic library of Ionic Fluorogels, which leverage both fluorophilic and electrostatic interactions to remove PFAS from water. The materials demonstrate efficient, selective PFAS removal in a variety of water matrices, including PFAS-spiked settled water from the Cape Fear River in NC. In addition to elucidating design principles for new PFAS sorbents, this work represents a collaborative, interdisciplinary pursuit of fundamental chemistry research with direct ties to the state of North Carolina.

Citation

Ionic Fluorogels for Remediation of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances from Water
Elango Kumarasamy, Irene M. Manning, Leonard B. Collins, Orlando Coronell, and Frank A. Leibfarth
ACS Central Science 2020 6 (4), 487-492
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b01224