CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-REG7
Fiscal Year: 2018/2019
Status: In Progress
Principal investigator(s): Mehdi Javanmard, Ph.D. (Rutgers School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Managing organization: Rutgers CAIT
In cooperation with: New Jersey Department of Transportation, Office of Maritime Resources
Partner project manager: Scott Douglas
Supported by: USDOT OST-R
UTC, grant, or agreement no.: 69A3551847102
The primary goal of this project is to develop a new sample-to-answer, in-situ micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) probe that can rapidly determine hot-spot locations of metal contamination and what areas do or do not require dredging. This tool could make the resource management process significantly more cost effective.
The intended outcome of the project is a working prototype for real-time, in-situ quantification of metals concentrations in marine sediments. It is anticipated that this product can be used in future studies to push sediment management state of the art forward.
There are many areas in the New York/New Jersey Harbor that will be dredged for environmental reasons; the authors have particular interest in the deposition of sediments in recently dredged areas and extent to which “new” sediments contribute to contamination in a specific area.