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Researchers at UMaine look for ways to destroy PFAS chemicals

Nov 21, 2022

ORONO, Maine — They are called "forever chemicals" because they do not naturally break down in the environment and the human body. The compounds known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are found in numerous products from cookware to carpets to packaging.

But a University of Maine researcher believes he may have found a way to take the "forever" out of the compounds.


Onur Apul and his team are focusing on existing water filtration technology and trying to use it to find a solution to a growing public health crisis.

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