Sparc to trial graphene PFAS remediation

Graphene technology company Sparc Technologies is to have its products tested in site trials for the adsorption of potentially hazardous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with environmental remediation company JBS&G to jointly develop and operate a pilot plant testing PFAS adsorption from contaminated ground water and their immobilisation in soils

Sparc’s proprietary functionalised graphene originally developed by the University of Adelaide will be tested at a pilot plant to be set up at a site where JBS&G is undertaking remediation.

PFAS chemicals contaminate soils associated with chemical industries, fire fighting, furnishings, cosmetics, packaging and other uses and are a significant health issue, causing reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney and immunological effects.

Sparc managing director Mike Bartels said: “It is very rewarding to now be transitioning from the laboratory to the field whereby we will look to further develop and optimise Sparc’s proprietary functionalised adsorbent.

“Sparc sees this MOU as a significant milestone which sets us on a path to undertake feasibility work and to commercialise our products.”

JBS&G is an environmental consultancy employing 250 people, including in managing PFAS contamination.

Picture: JBS&G

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