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Analytical Tools to Better Manage PFAS in the Environment

Presentation Abstract

Analytical Tools to Better Manage PFAS in the Environment.

The occurrence and management of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the environment have been topics of concern for more than 20 years. However, the interest in understanding the fate of legacy and emerging PFAS, developing new treatment technologies for mitigating their risk, and scaling these technologies up from the bench to the field has dramatically increased in recent years. The success of these different types of studies depends on a key factor: the ability to measure the concentration of PFAS accurately and rapidly. Without the confidence in these measurements, it is challenging to determine the removal efficiencies of newly developed sorbent materials for removing PFAS from drinking water, close their mass balance while studying electrochemical destruction, understand the actual transfer of PFAS to gas phase during incineration processes, and to understand many other chemical processes. In this presentation you will:

  • Learn the basic chemical principles behind the analysis of PFAS in environmental samples.
  • Understand the essential quality control parameters for successful PFAS analysis.
  • Differentiate the various tools environmental (analytical) chemists can provide you to understand the fate of PFAS.

Speaker Bio

Ruth Marfil-Vega is the Senior Market Manager for Environmental Market at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. She has 19 years of experience in environmental chemistry and engineering in the US and Europe, developing and implementing solutions for emerging water quality topics for various stakeholders in the water sector. Before joining SSI, she established the R&D team focused on the analysis of emerging contaminants at American Water (the largest water company in the country with over 300 water treatment plants). She worked for EPA ORD in Cincinnati for almost 10 years on projects focused on the analysis of emerging contaminants and the implementation of in-vitro bioassays for toxicity assessment. She received a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati.

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