In this collaborative study, we are investigating the efficacy of novel photochemical and biological methods, alone and in combination, to degrade organic contaminants identified in the flowback water from fracking. Our research group, working in collaboration with Rohan Tikekar of Drexel’s Food Science program, seeks to achieve the following objectives:
1) Investigate degradation of organic contaminants in flowback water using a novel photochemical process.
2) Determine the ability of halophilic microorganisms to biodegrade organic contaminants in flowback water
3) Development of a sequential photochemical-biological process for degradation of organic contaminants in flowback water