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Advances in PFAS Destruction

The destruction of PFAS contaminants is a complex issue that many decision-makers across the country are wrestling with. The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (AAAS EPI Center) invites you to the public webinar: Advances in PFAS Destruction. Expert panelists will share the scientific evidence related to current and emerging technologies on PFAS destruction to support decision-makers in their state or community.

Our panel of experts will share emerging science around approaches to destruction. Following a panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.


  • Max Krause, U.S. EPA - Max Krause earned his PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Florida in 2016. He has been with the US EPA’s Office of Research & Development for 6 years. Dr. Krause conducts research in solid and hazardous waste management, with a focus on landfill emissions, waste characterization, and PFAS treatment.


  • Paul Lemieux, U.S. EPA - Paul Lemieux is a senior research engineer in EPA’s Office of Research and Development in the Homeland Security and Materials Management Division of the Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response. Paul has a BS in Chemistry from Seattle University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah. He has been with the EPA’s Office of Research and Development for 35 years initially studying formation and control of pollutants from combustion systems, and since 2002 has been working on management of wastes from cleanup after chemical/ biological/ radiological incidents and foreign animal disease outbreaks and has been working on decision support tools to aid decision makers during wide-area contamination incidents. Recently he has been back working with his combustion research colleagues investigating thermal destruction of perfluoro alkyl substances (PFAS).


  • Michelle Crimi, Clarkson University - Michelle Crimi is co-founder of RemWell and serves as the Dean of the Graduate School at Clarkson University. Dr. Crimi’s research focuses on developing in situ treatment technologies for groundwater contamination, determining the impact of groundwater technologies on aquifer quality, and integrating treatment technologies for optimized risk reduction. Her projects are often conducted in partnership with industry and consulting organizations and have a strong technology transfer focus with the objective of moving technologies from the laboratory to full scale adoption by developing guidance, tools, protocols, and workshops to support field application. Recent work, funded primarily by the Department of Defense, concentrates on management and treatment of emerging contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). She earned her B.S. in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University, her M.S. in Environmental Health from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. She spent the 2014-2015 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

There will be a question-and-answer session following the expert presentations.

Please direct questions to the AAAS EPI Center at

Event Contact

Rebecca Aicher

Project Director, AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

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