What is the new technology to destroy PFAS? — VoltronAI

Author Adidas Wilson
5 min readApr 18, 2023

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been widely used in various industries for their unique properties, such as being water and oil-resistant, stable, and durable. PFAS can be found in a wide range of products, including firefighting foams, non-stick cookware, food packaging, and stain-resistant fabrics. However, due to their persistence in the environment and potential negative impacts on human health, there has been an increasing demand for effective technologies to destroy PFAS.

In recent years, several innovative technologies have emerged to address the challenge of PFAS destruction. These technologies aim to break down PFAS into harmless components, ultimately reducing their environmental and health risks. This comprehensive 2,000-word guide provides an overview of the latest advancements in PFAS destruction technologies, including their principles, advantages, and potential applications.

Electrochemical Oxidation

Electrochemical oxidation is a promising technique for destroying PFAS that uses electricity to drive chemical reactions that break down the contaminants. In this process, PFAS are oxidized by hydroxyl radicals (OH*) generated at the surface of the anode, a positively charged electrode. The hydroxyl radicals are highly reactive and can effectively break the carbon-fluorine (C-F) bonds in PFAS, converting them into non-toxic byproducts, such as fluoride ions and carbon dioxide.

Advantages:

Electrochemical oxidation is a versatile technique that can be applied to treat various types of PFAS-contaminated water, including groundwater, wastewater, and industrial effluents.

The process does not require the addition of chemicals, reducing the risk of secondary pollution.

Electrochemical systems are generally compact and can be easily scaled up or down, making them suitable for both small-scale and large-scale applications.

Plasma Treatment

Plasma treatment is an emerging technology for PFAS destruction that uses high-energy plasma to break down the contaminants. Plasma, often referred to as the fourth state of matter, is an ionized gas containing a mixture of electrons…

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Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator