Environmental Biotechnology Network

EBNet Working Group: PFAS ‘forever chemicals’


Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), known as ‘forever chemicals’, are extensively used in industrial and consumer applications due to their exceptional persistence properties. Attributed to the enduring characteristics, these substances have a detrimental impact on human health when their residues persist in the environment.

While current remediation approaches primarily rely on physical adsorption and chemical oxidation processes, recent studies have emerged regarding the potential of microbial degradation as a cost-effective solution. However, the effectiveness of this approach is still subject to debate, necessitating further investigations. The proposed WG will bring together experts from multidisciplinary fields and collaborate on researching, developing, and promoting cutting-edge bioremediation strategies that target PFAS contamination across various environmental matrices, including water, wastewater, and soil.


Dr Tao Lyu has been working at Cranfield University since April 2020. He is a lecturer in Green Technologies and Environmental Engineering MSc course director (JSU-CU Institute).

Dr Lyu works at the intersection of environmental engineering, chemistry and nanoscience, with a focus on sustainable wastewater treatment and natural water restoration. His PhD research focused on emerging organic contaminants (micropollutants) removal in water and wastewater by nature-based solutions, in particular constructed wetlands. He expanded his research area on advanced nanotechnology development (e.g. nanobubble technology) for natural water restoration, eutrophication control, harmful algal bloom removal and sediment remediation. Email: T.Lyu@cranfield.ac.uk

Working Group Activities



Video: Organohalide Bioremediation – Current Approaches in Environmental Biotech

External Information

RSC: Call to clean up PFAs