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.
PFAS Research Center Model
Diverse MSU researchers form an interdisciplinary core to respond to needs from various stakeholders related to PFAS contamination and, eventually, other emerging contaminants.