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Title:PFAS in consumer products and pathways into the environment
Author(s):Peaslee, Graham
per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
Abstract:Presented by: Graham Peaslee – Professor at University of Notre Dame, Co-authors: Heather Whitehead, Meghanne Tighe, Yukun Jin, Marta Venier, Yan Wu, Miriam Diamond Abstract: Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) continue to be found in drinking water supplies, in the food supply and in the blood of all north Americans. While much of this contamination arises from industrial uses of PFAS in manufacturing, or the release of PFAS from fire-fighting foams there is increasing evidence for PFAS entering the environment from municipal solid waste as well. We have developed a rapid total fluorine screening method to complement traditional chemical approaches to identify PFAS use in consumer products that end up in waste streams, and eventually the environment. Recent results from textiles, food packaging and cosmetics will be presented together with some estimates of future concerns when these products enter the environment at their end-of-life. Biography: Dr. Peaslee is a physicist at the University of Notre Dame who directs a research program in applied nuclear science to screen for chemicals of concern in our built environment as well as to measure the fate and transport of these chemicals in the natural environment. He has more than 210 peer-reviewed publications, most with student co-authors.
Issue Date:2021-04-28
Series/Report:2021 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC21)
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-26

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