U.S. Air Force Awards Onvector Phase II Research Contract to Destroy PFAS Forever Chemicals

August 2020

The U.S. Air Force SBIR Center of Excellence team and the AFWERX program have expanded their agreement with Onvector to deploy its innovative Plasma Vortex technology for treatment of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS forever chemicals) on U.S. Air Force (USAF) bases. These entities have awarded Onvector a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) “Strategic Funding Increase” modification to a current contract along with a concurrent “Phase III Other Transaction for Prototype” agreement.

In addition to widespread industrial and commercial use, PFAS forever chemicals are found in fire-fighting foam which has been routinely used for decades in military training exercises on air bases, making military installations among the most contaminated epicenters of the emerging PFAS problem.

Onvector will deploy its Plasma Vortex technology for enhanced groundwater remediation at USAF sites, provide training and support, as well as validate the performance of plasma in completely destroying PFAS in contaminated water.

This project is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

We are excited by this opportunity to work together with the Air Force to find a solution to the widespread PFAS problem. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.

Joe Henderson
[email protected]
(610) 212-1558


Onvector LLC: Onvector is an innovative cleantech company innovating at the nexus of energy and water. We harness advances in fluid dynamics, power electronics, and advanced materials to develop and deploy non-chemical plasma water and wastewater technologies. Plasma is ionized gas (like lightning) and is more robust than ozone or UV alone. Our solutions are designed to reduce cost and energy for treating wastewater in today’s most vexing industrial environments. Learn more at www.onvectorllc.com

SBIR Grants: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. Learn more at www.sbir.gov/

AFWERX Program: AFWERX is the Air Force’s team of innovators who encourage and facilitate connections across industry, academia, and the military to create transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation. The program employs an approach that combines startup urgency with the largest pool of motivated talent in the world to uncover opportunities to improve Air Force capabilities, connect and engage the right stakeholders, and facilitate outcomes. AFWERX was established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force and reports to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Learn more at www.afwerx.af.mil/

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL): AFRL leads the discovery, development and delivery of warfighting technologies for U.S. air, space and cyberspace forces. AFRL is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, home to the Wright brothers and recognized as the birth place of aviation and is comprised of Technology Directorates, Functional Directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Learn more at https://afresearchlab.com/