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Title:Measuring Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Illinois
Author(s):Smith, Jacob
Subject(s):emerging contaminants
Abstract:Presented by: Jacob Smith – Student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Co-authors: Katherine Maloof, Kevin Tucker Abstract: Contamination to the water supply comes from many origins including agricultural, industrial, and domestic sources. Despite recent attention to agricultural water pollution, there are contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) not related to agriculture that are showing up in natural water sources everywhere. CECs include a broad range of compounds that come from pharmaceuticals like antibiotics and hormones, personal care products like dietary supplements and preservatives, and nanomaterials. These compounds end up in the water supply due to improper disposal of consumer waste which is then discharged from wastewater treatment plants to freshwater supply or applied to crops. In an effort to monitor water contamination statewide, water samples will be taken from multiple natural sources throughout Illinois and tested for various CECs. These samples will be purified via solid phase extraction and quantified via liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. Our goal is to create a geographic information system and database to aid in the communication of analytical results and advance the removal of CECs from water sources. Biography: Jacob Smith is an undergraduate chemistry student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has spent more than two years as an undergraduate assistant in Dr. Kevin Tucker’s laboratory, where they focus on quantitative chemical analysis, especially pertaining to pharmaceuticals and personal care products in environmental samples. Upon the completion of his bachelor’s degree, he plans to continue my education in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s graduate chemistry program, leading to a career in chemical research.
Issue Date:2021-04-27
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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