SiREM is co-hosting virtual two-part short courses on recent technical advances in the characterization and remediation of chlorinated volatile organic compounds and related compounds in soil and groundwater from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on April 28 and 29, 2020.

This course is eligible for three professional development hour (PDH) credits

Part 1 features Professor Elizabeth Edwards (University of Toronto) as the keynote speaker. She will present the latest developments in the genomics of chlorinated solvent biodegradation.

Elizabeth Edwards is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Edwards is internationally known for her work on anaerobic bioremediation and is currently co-investigator with SiREM on a Genome Canada project focusing on the application of anaerobic BTEX degradation pathways.

Part 2 features Professor David. L. Freeman (Clemson University) as the keynote speaker. He will speak on the use of 14C assays for the determination of rate constants for the degradation of chlorinated ethenes and 1,4-dioxane.

David Freedman is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University.  He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, where he worked with Jim Gossett on organohalide respiration of chlorinated ethenes and organohalide fermentation of dichloromethane.  He started his academic career at the University of Illinois and moved to Clemson University where he has been since 1996.

Phil Dennis of SiREM will present “Bioaugmentation. It’s not just for TCE Anymore.” Additional topics will include presentations focusing on electron donors, zero valent iron, analytical testing for monitored natural attenuation parameters and 1,4-dioxane.

Phil is a Principal Molecular Biologist based in Ontario with more than 15 years of experience focused environmental microbiology, molecular genetic testing, enhanced bioremediation and technology commercialization. He currently directs the molecular testing services, next generation sequencing and is the innovation lead for SiREM’s research and development program. He has also played a leading role in developing relationships with many universities and serves on the Board for University of Waterloo Center for Microbial Research.

Webinars Descriptions

Title: Part 1 Technical Presentations
Time: April 28, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome
1:10 – 1:50 Elizabeth Edwards, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Genomics of Chlorinated Solvent Biodegradation
1:50 – 2:30 Gary M. Birk, P.E., Tersus, Advances in Electron Donor Amendments
2:30 – 2:40 Break
2:40 – 3:20 Phil Dennis, M.A.Sc., SiREM, Bioaugmentation-It’s not just for TCE Anymore
3:20 – 4:00 David S. Bardsley, PG, Directed Technologies Drilling, Horizontal Directional Drilling and Well Installation for Substrate Injection

Title: Part 2 Technical Presentations
Time: April 29, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome
1:10 – 1:50 David L. Freedman, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University, Use of 14C Assays to Determine Rate Constants for Degradation of Chlorinated Ethenes and 1,4-Dioxane
1:50 – 2:30 Joshua Richards, PG, CHMM, Pace Analytical Services, Comprehensive tools for remediation support – Can you measure progress?
2:30 – 2:40 Break
2:40 – 3:20 Phil Dennis, M.A.Sc., SiREM, How Treatability and Molecular Testing Saves Time, Money and Heartburn
3:20 – 4:00 David Alden, P.E., Tersus, Optimization and Performance of ZVI Amendments for In-Situ Chemical and Biological Reduction

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