The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) has selected 44 new projects to begin in FY 2024. These projects responded to the FY 2024 SERDP Core and SEED Solicitations. The tables below list the new projects for Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resilience, and Weapons Systems and Platforms.

This cohort of projects will focus on advancing research efforts to address a wide range of environmental challenges for the Department of Defense (DoD), including managing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment, remediating underwater unexploded ordnance (UXO), protecting threatened and endangered species, improving installation resilience, and developing safe and sustainable products for maintaining and operating defense assets. 

Environmental Restoration

Self-Assembly of PFAS Mixtures in the Presence of Inorganic Ions and Hydrocarbon Surfactants During Wetting and Drying
ER24-4061Self-Assembly of PFAS Mixtures in the Presence of Inorganic Ions and Hydrocarbon Surfactants During Wetting and DryingCarlos MartinezPurdue University
ER24-4273Mechanistic Investigation of Assembly and Stability of Supramolecular Forms of PFAS on Environmentally Relevant Surfaces and Development of Surface Analytical ProtocolsIan RossCDM Smith
Development of Improved Sampling and Analytical Methodologies for the Determination of PFAS in the Environment 
ER24-4143Development of A Low-Cost Method for Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) Analysis Using Hydrothermal Alkaline Treatment (HALT-TOF)Timothy StrathmannColorado School of Mines
ER24-4236Quantitative PFAS Screening Method for Environmental Samples using Acoustic Ejection Mass Spectrometry TechnologyMichael RossiArcadis US
Development of Improved Concentration Technologies for Treatment of Matrices Impacted by PFAS
ER24-4224Novel Functionalization of Conventional Sorbents for Enhanced Selectivity and Improved Concentration of Ultrashort- and Short-Chain PFASLee BlaneyUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County
Improved Understanding of Destructive Treatment Processes for PFAS in the Subsurface 
ER24-4380A Novel In Situ Subsurface PFAS Destruction Strategy that Uses Ligand-Coordinated Zero-Valent Metals at Ambient ConditionsJinyong LiuUniversity of California, Riverside
Improved Understanding of the Fate and Transport of PFAS in the Subsurface 
ER24-4239Developing Novel Stable Isotope Techniques for Assessing Sources, Transport, and Fate of PFAS in the Subsurface EnvironmentMi-Ling LiUniversity of Delaware
ER24-4250Biomimetic Chromatography for Rapid Assessment of Bioaccumulation (BioCRAB) in PFAS-Impacted Aquatic Food WebsJennifer FieldOregon State University
ER24-4485PFAS in Vapor-Phase Transport: Partitioning Mechanisms and ModelingRamona IeryNAVFAC EXWC
Improved Understanding of Thermal Destruction Processes for Materials Laden with PFAS
ER24-4068Combining Experimental Measurements with Theoretical Insights for a Mechanistic and Predictive Understanding of PFAS Thermal DestructionEric KennedyUniversity of Newcastle, Australia
ER24-4073Investigating the Thermal Decomposition of PFAS in a Full-Scale Commercial Hazardous Waste IncineratorJens BlotevogelCSIRO
ER24-4137Real-Time Analysis of Gas-Phase Products of Incomplete Destruction During the Thermal Treatment of PFASKyle DoudrickUniversity of Notre Dame

Munitions Response

Detection, Localization, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater
MR24-4128Phenomenology Enriched Learning for Imaging and Classification of Underwater Military MunitionsVishal MongaPennsylvania State University
MR24-4131Quantifying Instantaneous Munitions Burial Dynamics in Analogue Swash FlowBlair JohnsonUniversity of Texas at Austin
MR24-4233Coupled Flow-Munition-Sediment Dynamics for Better Constraining UnMES: A Collaborative Investigation with Experiments and ModelingXiaofeng LiuPennsylvania State University
MR24-4262Improving Advanced Geophysical Classification Performance in the Marine EnvironmentStephen BillingsBlack Tusk Geophysics
MR24-4269Continual Learning Machines for Robust Underwater UXO ClassificationMahmood R. Azimi-SadjadiColorado State University
MR24-4520Spatial Coherence Based Reconstruction for Detection of Underwater MunitionsThomas BlanfordUniversity of New Hampshire
MR24-4529Proof of Concept for Underwater Localization, Characterization, and Excavation of Partially-Buried Munitions Using Robotic Perception and ControlRichard CamilliWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MR24-4533Mapping Earth Field Anomalies with a Quantum Vector Magnetometer for Underwater UXO DetectionZhao HaoLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
MR24-4534Utilizing NASA’s MiDAR Fluid Lensing and NeMO-Net for Automated Airborne Detection, Localization, and Characterization of Underwater Military MunitionsVed ChirayathUniversity of Miami
MR24-4560Potential for Seabed Munition Transport Due to Turbulent Prop WashTyler Van BurenUniversity of Delaware
MR24-4562SEED: Amphibious Uncrewed Ground Vehicle Operation in Surfzones of Different SubstratesSpicer BakU.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Resource Conservation & Resilience

Advanced Wildland Fire Research to Improve Military Land Use Efficiency
RC24-4043From Fuel to Smoke: Measuring and Modeling the Chemistry and Composition of the Prescribed Fire Flame and Near-Field PlumeDavid WeiseUSDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
RC24-4132Linking Smoke to Fire: The Effect of Burn Conditions on Fuel Availability, Smoke Production, and Atmospheric ProcessingRawad SalehUniversity of Georgia
RC24-4372Developing detailed Emission Source Terms for Next-Generation Wildland Fire and Smoke Modeling Tools Using Improved Near-Field Fire MeasurementsNicholas SkowronskiUSDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Improved Methods to Determine Coastal Vertical Land Motion 
RC24-4413Global High-Resolution Estimates and Projections of Vertical Land Motion Using Observation-Informed Statistical ModelWilliam SweetNOAA, National Ocean Service
Threatened, Endangered, and At Risk Aquatic, Amphibian, and Reptile Species Response to Multiple Stressors
RC24-4111Combining Novel Analytical Tools, Long-Term Data, and Experiments to Manage Multi-Stressor Threats in California Amphibian CommunitiesCheryl BriggsUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
RC24-4117Promoting Resilience of Spotted Turtle Populations on DoD Installations: Assessing Anthropogenic and Climate-induced Stressors in Coastal and Inland PopulationsTracey TubervilleUniversity of Georgia
RC24-4289A Thermal Landscape Approach for Cumulative Risk Assessment of Spotted Turtle Vulnerability to Multiple StressorsThomas AkreSmithsonian Institution
RC24-4338Toxicity of Ammonia to Federally Threatened and Endangered Freshwater Mussels with a Co-stressor of Elevated Temperature or Metal MixtureNing WangU.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center
RC24-4510​Predicting Impacts of Species Loss on Ecosystem Resilience: An Experimental Test of a Novel Theoretical Framework​Jinelle SperryU.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Weapons Systems & Platforms

Sustainable Energetics Synthesis and Preparation
WP24-4206N-nitroglycine biosynthesis: Towards enzymatic production of high-energy nitraminesJonathan CarantoUniversity of Central Florida
WP24-4296Designing a High-throughput Cell-based Screen for N-oxygenase EngineeringAditya KunjapurUniversity of Delaware
WP24-4366Production of Trichlorobenzene (TCB) with Low Environmental ImpactDavid PriceNalas Engineering Services, Inc.
WP24-4443Electrochemical Synthesis of Energetic MaterialsBenjamin HarveyNaval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division
WP24-4446Elimination of Perfluorinated Performance Fluid in Slurry Manufacturing of Aluminized PAX ExplosivesPaul AndersonU.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command
Development of PFAS-Free Superhydrophobic Coatings for Textile Applications
WP24-4079Design Lignin-based and Fluorocarbon-free Omniphobic Textile CoatingsArthur RagauskasUniversity of Tennessee
WP24-4176Creating Non-Fluorinated Omniphobic Textile Coatings Using Janus Particles as Coating AdditivesShan JiangIowa State University
WP24-4264PFAS-Free, Sustainable, Superhydrophobic/Omniphobic Coatings for Textile ApplicationsJoey MeadUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
WP24-4297Omniphobic Surfaces by Engineering Coatings with Nanomaterials to Control Microscale TopologyJeff OwensU.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center
Biological Impacts to DoD Coating Performance
WP24-4099Coating Deterioration: Impacts of Multi-Domain Biofilms and Preventative MeasuresBrent PeytonCenter for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University
Development of Next Generation PFAS-Free Firefighting Formulations 
WP24-4147Targeted Interfacial Rheology for Next Generation PFAS-Free Firefighting Foam FormulationsCari DutcherUniversity of Minnesota
WP24-4357 Identifying Hydrogen Bonding Networks in Aqueous Surfactant and Additive Solutions to Quantify Surfactant Synergism in Foam Fire SuppressionKatherine HinnantU.S. Naval Research Laboratory



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