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, 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: Suzanne Witt
Dr. Suzanne Witt of Fraunhofer Center Midwest primarily focuses her research on PFAS destruction using electrochemical oxidation.Read More
Published on February 12, 2021
Studying the effects of contaminants on fish populations
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.