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Valentina Montes

Michigan State University, MS in Chemical Engineering

EREF Scholar 2023

The objective of this thesis research project is to advance the knowledge of electro-active adsorption that enables efficient capture of PFAS in landfill leachates. This proposed electro-active adsorption can effectively reduce the size of the ion-water clusters and enhance their drift mobility, leading to the highly efficient capture of PFAS.


Chemical Engineer graduated with experience in electrochemistry, water treatment destroying per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and plastic recycling processes. In her last position, she worked in the scientific research and engineering team, investigating electrochemical oxidation (EO) with boron doped diamond (BDD) electrodes to destroy per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances from water. Also, she was working with biosensor to detect COVID, improving the sensor in order to use it more than one time, for several measurements, and reducing the total economic cost of the device. Furthermore, she participated in new materials research, amorphous carbon, researching about the different properties of the new material, using electrochemistry.