January 13, 2020

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Dimin Fan & Team Awarded SERDP 2019 Project of the Year for Environmental Restoration

Dimin Fan, Ph.D. (Maryland) is a member of the research team that received the 2019 Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration for the project titled "Emerging Core Concepts for Assessment and Enhancement of Abiotic Natural Attenuation Technologies."

Dimin is an Environmental Scientist based in Maryland with more than 10 years of experience focused on research and development, evaluation, and application of innovative technologies and solutions for soil and groundwater remediation across academia, regulatory agencies, and the private sector. His technical expertise includes fundamental biogeochemical processes for contaminant transformation in subsurface and in situ groundwater remediation technologies, such as in situ chemical reduction (ISCR), in situ activated carbon-based technology, and other forms of combined remedial technologies.

This research project, which was led by Dr. Paul Tratnyek and Dr. Richard Johnson of the Oregon Health & Science University, developed an approach to provide a more complete and coherent foundation for assessing abiotic natural attenuation of groundwater contaminants. The approach combines data mining, bench testing, and method validation and/or field samples. Study results have shown that abiotic degradation rates follow the trend of nitro aromatics > chlorinated alkanes > chlorinated ethenes. Dr. Tratnyek and the project team developed a database of contaminant removal kinetic data for representative Department of Defense (DoD) constituents of concern as well as a conceptual model for assessing natural reductant demand aspects of abiotic natural attenuation. The findings of this research have helped to establish quantitative protocols that can be used by DoD site managers to advance the design of enhanced natural attenuation technologies.

The SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with DOE and EPA, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. SERDP invests across a broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

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About the project and the award: Emerging Core Concepts for Assessment and Enhancement of Abiotic Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants
About SERDP: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/About-SERDP-and-ESTCP/About-SERDP
For consultation regarding Environmental Restoration, contact Dimin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Dimin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dimin-fan-76008a15/