Freshwater Science: Testing Waters and Fish for Pharmaceuticals and PFAS Contamination On-Site | Ohio Sea Grant

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Freshwater Science: Testing Waters and Fish for Pharmaceuticals and PFAS Contamination On-Site

November 29, 2023 – New research from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

NOTE This event occurs in the past
  • Time:Nov 29 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, 2023
  • Event Organizer:Jill Jentes Banicki | Contact Host
  • Event Category:Webinars | Show Similar

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.

About the Speaker

Emanuela Gionfriddo
Emanuela Gionfriddo Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Toledo

Emanuela Gionfriddo is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of The University of Toledo. Research work in Dr. Gionfriddo’s lab focuses on developing advanced analytical separation tools for the analysis of complex biological and environmental samples using green extraction methodologies. Dr. Gionfriddo has authored over 50 peer-reviewed contributions including a patent on PTFE-based SPME coatings. Dr. Gionfriddo is one of the founding members of the Dr. Nina McClelland Laboratory for Water Chemistry and Environmental Analysis at The University of Toledo and she is appointed to the Ohio Attorney General Yost’s Environmental Council of Advisors. Her research program is currently funded by the National Science Foundation through the 2022 CAREER Award, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and several industrial partnerships.

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