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 explores the lessons learned from environmental applications and how these insights can be transitioned to these other arenas. The conversation navigates through the current challenges faced, examines technologies at our disposal, pinpoints unmet analytical needs, and maps out next steps. In addition, an overview of the ever-evolving regulatory landscape provides an important backdrop for the discussion.
Who should watch
Anyone involved in PFAS analysis, method development, or research should consider viewing this on-demand presentation.
What you need to know:
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes
Presenters and Panelists:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.