Freshwater Science: Testing Waters and Fish for Pharmaceuticals and PFAS Contamination On-Site
Hosted by the Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative
Pharmaceuticals and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a growing concern for water quality management, as their presence is increasing while most water treatment plants can’t completely remove them from their water output. Fish exposed to contaminated water can take up these chemicals, which are a concern to human health when ingested. Accurate methods for the detection of these pollutants in waters and fish are needed.
Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo and a team of researchers from The University of Toledo are developing microextraction protocols that will provide a fast, reliable screening and quantitative approach for the analysis of pharmaceutical and PFAS in fish and environmental waters. Their techniques would enable on-site sampling as well as allow for identification of both targeted and new organic compounds.