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Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

RELEASE: 10-07



Two NASA Kennedy Space Center employees will be inducted into the
Space Technology Hall of Fame for their award-winning work in
developing technology that reduces groundwater contamination. The
ceremony will take place during the 23rd National Space Symposium
April 9 to 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The inductees include Dr. Jacqueline Quinn, a NASA environmental

engineer in the Applied Sciences Division at Kennedy Space Center,
and Kathleen Brooks, a NASA analytical chemist in KSC's Materials
Science Laboratory.

They will be joined by Drs. Christian Clausen, Cherie Geiger and Debra
Reinhart from the University of Central Florida's Departments of
Chemistry and Civil and Environmental Engineering, who helped to
develop Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron, or EZVI.

"It was an unexpected honor to be recognized by such a prestigious

institution as the Space Foundation," which conducts the Hall of Fame
in cooperation with NASA, Quinn said. "While the direct applications
to spaceflight are not obvious, this technology will have a direct
benefit as we transition from current space flight programs to new
programs supporting the exploration of the moon and beyond. This
offers an innovative way of cleaning up our current facilities and
enabling us to use them for the future."

The EZVI technology won NASA's Government Invention of the Year and
Commercial Invention of the Year for 2005. KSC inventors have
accomplished this feat twice in the past three years.

The group also received a 2006 Award for Excellence in Technology

Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology
Transfer. This award recognizes laboratory employees who have
accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring a
technology developed by a federal laboratory to the commercial

EZVI is one of the few methods available that can treat the dense
nonaqueous phase liquids, or DNAPL source. DNAPLs are liquids that
are denser than water and do not dissolve or mix easily in water.
Benefits of this technology include requiring less treatment time,
reducing treatment costs, producing less toxic and more easily
degradable byproducts, and the product is safe for the environment.

During the Apollo space program years, rocket engine parts were
cleaned with chlorinated solvents which are heavier than water. As
the liquids sank into the ground, it was later discovered they could
become harmful to the aquifer, which is often a source of drinking

In 1999, the research team began working on a concept to treat DNAPLs

found at Launch Complex 34 at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport. The
project was initially funded by NASA's Small Business Technology
Transfer programs and the Environmental Compliance and Restoration
Program. Quinn teamed with researchers at UCF in 2000 to conduct the
first phase of the research and development of EZVI. During phase
two, the first field demonstration was performed in 2002 at Launch
Complex 34 under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund
Innovative Technology Evaluation Program.

GeoSyntec, an environmental consultant to NASA, participated in the

first field demonstration of EZVI as the university's small business
collaborator. Since then, NASA has licensed EZVI to six companies
that are producing their own versions of the technology, including
the first company, Toxicological and Environmental Associates in
Baton Rouge, La.

The technology was field tested by the U.S. Department of Defense at

additional locations. It has also been used in both government and
private industry in Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee, New Jersey and
Florida, and by other government agencies.

Quinn said the EZVI technology also treats metal contaminates, making
the technology even more globally applicable. The team recently was
granted another patent for "Contaminate Removal from Natural
Resources," which addresses EZVI's use on metal contamination.

The Space Technology Hall of Fame enters its 19th year of honoring
those who quietly transform technology originally developed to
support space exploration initiatives into products that help improve
the quality of life on Earth.

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