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PFAS Monitoring: How One Scientist is Thinking Ahead for the Environment

Introduction

Predicting the long-term impact some substances have on human health and the environment is extremely difficult and in some instances we only become aware of certain substances and chemicals’ toxic impact after they have been widely used.

Recently, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have become more recognized as this type of chemical. Their chemical bonds are so strong they either don't degrade at all or do so extremely slowly in the environment and remain in a person’s bloodstream indefinitely.

In this customer article we catch up with one of the scientists working to understand how to measure and filtrate PFAS in vital resources such as drinking water, Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo, Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo in Ohio U.S.