Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John A.

Abstract

The perchlorate anion (C104-) has been found in water supplies throughout the United States. Contamination is most often connected to ammonium perchlorate which is used as a propellant for missiles, blasting caps and other propulsion systems. Perchlorate's high activation energy causes it to be a persistent contaminant in water. This project conducted experiments to explore the parameters of two known methods of remediation: ion exchange and chemical reduction. It was shown that at low pH, ferrihydrite successfully reduced perchlorate concentration.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Program

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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