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Master of Science in Engineering Management


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Mark N. Goltz, PhD

Second Advisor

Abinash Agrawal, PhD


The Department of Defense is responsible for over 2,000 hazardous waste sites containing nitroaromatic compounds (NACs) such as 2,4,6-TNT, 2,4- and 2,6-DNT that resulted from the production and use of munitions throughout the nation and world, NACs are typically persistent in natural environments, though they can be oxidized or reduced under engineered conditions, NACs and their reduction products are toxic chemicals and suspected human carcinogens, Both TNT and 2,4-DNT are listed as priority pollutants by the U,S EPA, This study investigates the effectiveness of using a palladium (Pd) catalyst in concert with formic acid as an electron donor to reduce NACs, If the reduction reaction is rapid and complete, without producing hazardous daughter products, the process may have application as an in situ treatment technology to remediate NAC-contaminated groundwater,

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