Analytical Services Unit

Analytical Services Unit
Analytical Services Unit


Collaborative research and Development Grants - Project (CRDPJ) entitled "Phytoextraction: A green technology for remediating organochlorine contaminants at brownfield sites" , with Dow Chemical Canada Inc., Schneider Electric Canada, Jaques Whiteford Environmental Ltd.

Dr Allison Rutter (ASU) in collaboration with Dr Barbara Zeeb (RMC) were recently awarded a major NSERC grant in the field of phytoremediation. Funds for the award were matched by industrial sponsors (Dow Chemicals Canada Inc, Schneider Electric Canada and Jacques Whitford Environmental Ltd). In total, over $800K in funds were awarded: $414K NSERC, $343K Industrial sponsors and $84K in-kind funds.


The top two photographs show the initial construction of the site and Ph.D candidate Melissa Whitfield-Aslund examining some of the plants growing there. The bottom two photographs show the extraction process (continuous solvent extraction) and the extracts being analyzed.

With respect to the research work carried out at the ASU the following papers in this field were recently published.

Whitfield ML, Zeeb BA, Rutter A., and Reimer KJ " In situ phytoextraction of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated soil" Science of the Total Environment 374 1-12 (2007)

Zeeb, BA, Amphlett, J, Rutter A, and Reimer KJ, "Potential for phytoremediation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated soil" Int. J. Phytoremediation. 8, 199-221 (2006).