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Science Café goes online to talk about groundwater contamination

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The Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science (MONAS) and Sigma Xi present “Science Café” via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, for a discussion of groundwater contamination.

The program is called “Surfactant-Enhanced Permanganate Oxidation for Pool-Dominated TCE Sources in Heterogeneous Porous Media,” with guest speaker Nihat Hakan Akyol, Ph.D. from Kocaeli University in Turkey.

Call 575-522-3120 or email education@las-cruces.org for a link to the program, or go to Zoom.us with webinar ID 89674825854.
Contamination of groundwaters by chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene (TCE) is a widespread problem around the world that causes serious threat for human health, the City of Las Cruces said in a news release about the Science Café presentation. Chlorinated solvents enter the subsurface as dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPL) and accumulate in aquifers where the DNAPL is most likely to pool.
These pools become a long-term source zone for groundwater contamination. Remediation of DNAPL source zones is crucial for protecting aquifer systems and groundwater potential. Remediation techniques used to remove chlorinated solvents from the subsurface environment include combining chemical oxidation (ISCO) and surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation (SEAR).
Nihat Hakan Akyol completed his doctorate degree in contaminant hydrogeology at Kocaeli University and is currently working as an associate professor at Kocaeli University. He has published numerous articles, supervised projects and graduate students and collaborated with New Mexico State University, the University of Alabama and the University of Arizona.