Achari, Dr. Gopal And Dr. Cooper Langford

2010 Finalist: Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Technology And Innovation sponsored by Agrium Inc.

New Technology To Decontaminate Soil

Dr. Gopal Achari and Dr. Cooper Langford combined their unique scientific perspectives – chemistry and environmental engineering – to develop a novel technology to remediate PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls)-contaminated soils.

Their system takes a cradle-to-grave approach using chemical additives and ultra-violet light to degrade components of the contaminated soil or sediment into harmless materials that require no further treatment. The technology is in a pre-commercial stage and is expected to have a profound impact on a persistent, global environmental problem.

TransCanada Pipelines and NSERC provided support for the project.