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TC-Barriers Webinar: Latest findings regarding PFAS containment by modern liner systems: the good news – and the bad!

About the webinar:

PFAS in landfills and containment ponds (e.g., leachate and sewage lagoons) must be contained. Geomembranes are seen as a vital part of that containment system. This presentation will discuss concentrations of PFAS, with an emphasis on PFOA as an example. However, others will also be considered, including Gen X, in terms of modes of contaminant transport (diffusion and advection/leakage) and potential impact on the service life of the geomembrane of PFAS. Some recently published data will be presented, and insights provided regarding current research and papers in review and what they may mean. Consideration is also given to the implications regarding the contaminating lifespan of landfills.

About the speaker:

Educated at the University of Sydney, Kerry Rowe worked with the Australian Government Department of Construction 8 years prior to immigrating to Canada.  He spent 20 years as a professor at The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. From 2000 to 2010, he served as Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University in Kingston. Since 2010 he has held the Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at Queen’s where he is also the Barrington Batchelor Distinguished University Professor.  His professional practice and research has covered a broad range of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering including extensive work on geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geonets landfills, ponds, dams as well as reinforced embankments and walls. He is a past President of the International Geosynthetics Society, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Engineering Institute of Canada.   He has been selected to present the world’s most prestigious named geotechnical lectures including the Giroud Lecture (2002), Rankine Lecture (2005), Karl Terzaghi Lecture (2017), and Mercer Lecture (2019). In 2013, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering created a named lecture to honour his pioneering contributions to geoenvironmental engineering, the ISSMGE R. Kerry Rowe Lecture. He has received numerous awards and been elected a a Distingished Member of ASCE (it hiighest award),  Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London, UK), UK Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.  He has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.).



Time Zone 1 – 21 July 2021, 11am AEST (20 July 2021, 9pm EST):

Time Zone 2-Repeat session: 28 July 2021, 9am EST (28 July, 1pm UTC/GMT; 28 July 11pm AEST):


Jul 21, 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm



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