PFAS

BDN, News Center Maine feature Smith’s PFAS-themed art installation

The Bangor Daily News and News Center Maine featured Susan Smith, director of Intermedia Programs at the University of Maine, and her piece “Radical Gardening,” which features PFAS-contaminated water; skeins of yarn and fabric colored with PFAS-contaminated dye; and dried plants and flowers that grew in PFAS-laden soil, preserved in beeswax. The piece is presently […]

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Ranco interviewed by Maine Monitor about PFAS

The Maine Monitor quoted Darren Ranco, professor of anthropology at the University of Maine, in an article about toxic PFAS compounds concentrating over time in landfills near the Penobscot Indian Reservation, which threaten both the health of tribal members and traditions that bound them through millennia to the waterway they know as “pαnawάhpskek.” “Our holy […]

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Maine Monitor interviews MacRae to answer common PFAS questions

The Maine Monitor interviewed Jean MacRae, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maine, to answer questions about PFAS. Maine has some of the highest levels of PFAS water contamination she has seen in her work with communities around the country, possibly because this state is at the forefront of testing. […]

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Apul speaks to BDN about company working to remove PFAS

Onur Apul, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for an article about ECT2 (Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies), a Portland-based company conducting pioneering work in the removal of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals. “As a Maine-based researcher […]

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Media feature Apul research about destroying forever chemicals

The Bangor Daily News, the Courier-Gazette, WFVX (Fox22/Channel 7 in Bangor) and WABI (Channel 5 in Bangor) featured the research of Onur Apul, an assistant professor of environmental engineering. Apul will investigate how to destroy the forever chemicals, or PFAS, that accumulate in a common water filtration technology, granular-activated carbons. Apul’s work will be funded […]

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A photo of Onur Apul

NSF funds Apul’s research into novel approach for eliminating PFAS 

Investigating a possible method for eliminating the toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, is the objective of a new National Science Foundation-funded study led by Onur Apul from the University of Maine.  NSF awarded $250,000 for Apul, an assistant professor of environmental engineering, to research how to remove PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals”, […]

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A Rendering of the Green Engineering and Materials Factory of the Future to be built and connected to the University of Maine's Advanced Structure and Composites Center

University of Maine System leaders applaud advancement of FY23 appropriations for critical projects championed by Maine’s congressional delegation

If passed by the full Congress and signed by the President, the FY23 federal budget will provide $53.3 million to the System in one-time funding to advance key university workforce development and innovation projects, many of them led by the R1 University of Maine, to address state needs Orono, Maine — Leaders across the University […]

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Media reports that UMaine could receive $18 million to combat PFAS

The Bangor Daily News and WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) reported that the University of Maine could receive $18 million in the next round of federal earmarks to establish a research center, a laboratory and research funding that center around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Much of the money would go toward equipment needed […]

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