Dr. Charles Schaefer Named to Head CDM Smith Bellevue Research & Testing Laboratory
BOSTON -- CDM Smith is pleased to announce that chemical engineer Charles E. Schaefer Jr., PhD, has been named director of CDM Smith's Research & Testing Laboratory in Bellevue, Washington. Equipped with the tools and technologies to support a wide range of laboratory studies and analyses, the Bellevue Research & Testing Laboratory is one of three internal lab facilities at CDM Smith that broaden the firm’s advanced research and development (R&D) capabilities in environmental remediation, water treatment, and water reclamation and provide sophisticated testing and analysis for our clients. “CDM Smith emphasizes technical excellence and is filled with exceptionally bright and motivated people,” Schaefer says. “I’m excited to lead our team in Bellevue in carrying out industry-changing research.”
Schaefer holds a PhD in chemical and biochemical engineering from Rutgers University and has twenty years of experience in abiotic and biotic treatment approaches for emerging contaminants, in situ fate and transport of organic contaminants, disinfection, and wastewater treatment. He is a leading researcher in treatment of perfluorinated compounds, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), compounds that were used in the manufacture and use of hundreds of products ranging from non-stick surfaces and waterproof clothes to aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) used in firefighting, and which have recently been widely encountered in groundwater and in drinking water supplies. Schaefer’s current research efforts also focus on abiotic dechlorination reactions in fractured rock, pore-scale diffusion and mass transfer processes, electrochemical disinfection and removal of recalcitrant organic compounds from drinking water, and 1,4-dioxane treatment.
Schaefer has served as a principal investigator on several research grants and has authored 50 peer-reviewed papers. He is an active member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). In addition to his research, Schaefer also serves as a technical consultant on several federal and private sector projects for CDM Smith, including projects addressing chlorinated solvents in complex geological settings. Schaefer was recipient of the 2013 SERDP Environmental Restoration Project of the Year for his work on naturally occurring abiotic dechlorination reactions in rock matrices.
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