The MSU Center for PFAS Research aims to assist with the development of PFAS standards, establish a center for development of green chemistry and remediation technologies, and provide a collaboration hub for academic, public health, state, federal and industry research surrounding PFAS and emerging contaminants.

To accomplish our goals, the center has six primary focus areas:

  • Health Impacts: Researchers will develop a framework that assesses the impact of PFAS on the health of humans and wild and domesticated plants and animals.
  • Environmental Monitoring/Modeling: Researchers will develop strategies for monitoring and predicting the bioactivity or effects of PFAS contaminants in our nation’s waterways, soils, and air.
  • Discovery and Measurement: Researchers will develop and apply analytical methods for discovering and measuring PFAS in water, vegetables, fruits, other foods, consumer products, and soils.
  • Agricultural Impacts: Researchers will investigate the transport and uptake of PFAS from the soil into agricultural crops and estimate exposure for humans and livestock.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management - Communication and Governance: The Center will advance social scientific inquiry by further assessing what types of information and levels of certainty decision makers require in order to make risk-reducing interventions in complex systems. The risk assessments will be used to inform multiple levels of risk management, including:
    • Identifying priorities for future research based on existing knowledge gaps
    • Establishing criteria and standards for remediation of contaminated sites
    • Proposing comparative benchmarks for the development of alternatives to PFAS
    • Risk communication strategies and materials for communities
    • Analysis of policy effectiveness
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management - Remediation and Development of Alternatives: Researchers are developing methods of PFAS remediation, as well as alternatives to PFAS.

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PFAS Research Center Model
Diverse MSU researchers form an interdisciplinary core to respond to needs from various stakeholders related to PFAS contamination and, eventually, other emerging contaminants.