Expanding PFAS Analysis Beyond Environmental Matrices

RECORD | Already taken place Tu, 14.11.2023
Explore the lessons learned from environmental applications and how these insights can be transitioned to these other arenas.
Separation Science: Expanding PFAS Analysis Beyond Environmental Matrices

Separation Science: Expanding PFAS Analysis Beyond Environmental Matrices

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have primarily been studied in the context of environmental contamination, but recent developments have led to exploring their impact in diverse areas such as food, bioclinical settings, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals.

This expert panel discussion will explore the lessons learned from environmental applications and how these insights can be transitioned to these other arenas. The conversation will navigate through the current challenges faced, examine technologies at our disposal, pinpoint unmet analytical needs, and map out next steps. In addition, an overview of the ever-evolving regulatory landscape will provide an important backdrop for the discussion.

By attending this presentation, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the challenges involved when transitioning from environmental matrices.

  • Recognize the current analytical solutions available and identify gaps that present opportunities for innovation.

  • Understand the complexities and challenges in the regulatory landscape concerning PFAS analysis across diverse sectors.

  • Be better equipped to develop an action plan for next steps in the journey of expanding PFAS analysis beyond its traditional environmental context.

Who should attend

  • Anyone involved in PFAS analysis, method development, or research should consider joining this webinar. Questions outside the scope of the description are welcome and will be addressed if time allows.

Presenter: Rock J. Vitale (Technical Director of Chemistry, Senior Principal at Environmental Standards, Inc.)

Mr. Vitale has over 40 years of analytical and QA experience. Specifically, he has six years of analytical experience performing analyses for organic and inorganic contaminants in a variety of media by instrumental and classical methods, including research and development of analytical methodologies. As a Principal of Environmental Standards, Mr. Vitale oversees a staff of approximately 40 QA Chemists - one of the nation’s largest. He is a recognized expert in the following fields: organic and inorganic analysis and data quality assessment (including high-resolution PCBs, dioxins/furans, and PFAS); laboratory auditing; preparation or third-party review of QAPPS for complex analytical programs; methods development to accommodate project-specific data quality objectives (DQOs); design of QA programs; and agency negotiations.

Presenter: Olga Shimelis (Analytical Chemistry R&D Manager at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)

Dr. Olga Shimelis worked for MilliporeSigma in multiple R&D roles at the Bellefonte, PA, USA site in the area of development of consumables for chromatographic separations. Olga holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, USA.

Presenter: Emiliano De Dominicis (Chemistry Research Director at Mérieux NutriSciences Italia)

Emiliano is a researcher with over twenty years of experience in food and pharmaceutical safety, following both private and academic sectors, and he is now Director of Chemical Research - Project Manager at Mérieux NutriSciences. With a team dedicated to Research and Development in Analytical Chemistry, Emiliano is responsible for Mérieux NutriSciences' R&D lab, taking part in global research projects. Moreover, he actively participates in funded scientific projects (regional, national, and European) and scientific congresses as a speaker, and writes articles published in specialized scientific journals.

Presenter: Ruth Marfil-Vega (Senior Market Manager, Environmental at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments)

Dr. Ruth Marfil-Vega has 20 years of expertise in environmental chemistry and engineering in the US and Europe. She has worked with the EPA and the utilities industry to design and execute comprehensive solutions for addressing new environmental and water quality issues, including PFAS, regulated and unregulated DBPs, and other emerging contaminants. Ruth has continued working with environmental stakeholders since she joined Shimadzu five years ago to make sure that analytical instrumentation and workflows enable their success. She graduated from the University of Valladolid (Spain) with a BSc in Chemistry, and from the University of Cincinnati with a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering.

Presenter: Erin Baker (Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Erin S. Baker is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To date, she has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers utilizing different analytical chemistry techniques to study both environmental and biological systems. Over the last four years, Erin also helped grow the Females in Mass Spectrometry group, where she served as the Events Committee Chair from 2019-2022. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Education for the International Lipidomics Society, a mentor for Females in Mass Spectrometry, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

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