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Jack Huang
Jack Huang

University of Georgia

Dr. Huang is a professor at the University of Georgia, having over 25 years of research and teaching experiences in environmental chemistry and engineering. His current research interest focuses on environmental catalysis in relation to the environmental fate and risks of organic pollutants and development of innovative pollution control and remediation technologies. Dr. Huang obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has published over 135 peer reviewed journal articles and obtained four patents.


Electrooxidation of Perfluoroalkyl Acids by Porous Titanium Suboxide Anode

The occurrence of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the environment is widespread and has caused serious concerns. PFASs such as perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are toxic and extremely persistent, posing challenges to treatment technologies for their degradation. Our recent findings indicate effective electrochemical oxidative degradation of PFAAs in water using a novel porous titanium suboxide (TSO) ceramic anode, providing a potentially promising technology to treat PFASs in contaminated waters. We have conducted a systematic study to evaluate the degradation of PFAAs during electrooxidation using porous TSO anode in batch and reactive electrochemical membrane (REM) operations. The results of the study elucidate the mechanisms, pathways and governing factors of PFAA degradation and mineralization, and provide a basis for process optimization, design and scaling.

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