Jun Yan

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Master of Science in Engineering Management


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Charles A. Bleckmann, PhD


Different species of plants need to be studied individually to compare the remediation efficiency of each species. This research will study three different wetland plants species and an unplanted control, under a laboratory setting. Each plant has a different characteristic favorable for chlorinated solvent degradation. Eleocharis erythropoda (Spike Rush) are plants with thin tube like leaves and large root mass. Carex comosa (Bearded Sedge) has broad leaves and Scirpus atrovirens (Green Bulrush) are broad leafed wetland plants with a long flowering stem during reproduction. PCE will be injected into the plant mesocosm and any possible PCE degradation will be observed. It is my hypothesis that PCE will be degraded into daughter products in all the mesocosms. However, the question will be which plant is the most efficient at chlorinated solvent degradation and is there difference between the planted reactors and the control reactors?

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