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Research at ESG

ESG’s research program is focused on transforming new and innovative research into products, processes and policies that have practical application for addressing real world environmental issues. For example, research is currently underway to develop methods that test for polyfluorinated alkylated compounds — methods that will support projects assessing sites for the presence and concentrations of these compounds and their transport and fate in soil and groundwater. Sustainable remediation techniques, including soil washing with switchable (recyclable) surfactants, are being studied for eventual field-scale application. Research on the toxicity of arsenic and its various inorganic and organic forms in the environment is improving understanding of potential human and ecological health risks from arsenic exposure.  Other applied research at ESG includes contaminant bioaccessibility testing to establish realistic risk estimate and remediation goals, and treatment wetlands for water pollution control. Past research projects included developing and optimizing biotechnological approaches to remediating hydrocarbons at remote Arctic sites.

Current areas of research

Arsenic transformation in the environment

Contaminant bioaccessibility

Emerging contaminants

Treatment wetlands

Zero valence metals: synthesis and environmental applications

Fate and effects of nanoparticles in the environment

Microbial community structure and function in the environment

  Results of our research


Personnel trained

Research topics