New tools for managing PFAS challenge


NeTo-PFAS is a collaborative project funded by the EU's Interreg Aurora program, which involves the Luleå University of Technology (coordinator), University of Oulu and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The project will focus on developing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to break down
per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment.


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European Structural and Investment Funds - INTERREG

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Interreg Aurora

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The broad use of products containing PFAS has led to the global contamination of the environment, including soil and water. PFAS are synthetic chemicals that are extremely difficult to break down, thus new technologies are needed to eliminate these persistent chemicals in the environment. The collaborative efforts of researchers in Norway, Sweden, and Finland will be undertaken by combining complementary expertise in organic chemistry, oxidative and biological degradation techniques of environmental pollutants. The main objective of the project is to create a sustainable and cost-effective solution for managing PFAS-contaminated groundwater that can be applied on site at the source of contamination. Achieving this objective requires dialogue with a diverse range of stakeholders, but the project mainly target the public sector, specifically municipalities. Municipalities play a crucial role in addressing the issue of contaminated soil and groundwater.


The project is financed by the EU-program Interreg Aurora. University of Oulu is also receiving co-financing from the Regional Council of Lapland.