The PFAS Summit


Webinar Date/Time: Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 Morning session: 9:30 am EST - 12:15 pm EST Afternoon session: 2:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm EST Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 Morning session: 9:30 am EST - 12:15 pm EST Afternoon session: 2:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm EST

Join us for the second annual PFAS Summit, to learn about the latest developments in techniques and methods to detect and quantify Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a range of sample types.

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Event Overview:

The widespread presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment, in food, and in the bodies of humans and other animals, is a significant concern. These persistent “forever chemicals”—which break down extremely slowly—have been used broadly since the 1940s. As certain forms of PFAS are restricted, they are simply replaced by newer forms, which continue to be used in a broad range of industrial and consumer products, such as food contact materials, water- and stain-repellent fabrics, and fire-fighting foams. To address this concern, the analytical chemistry community is actively developing advanced techniques and methods to detect and measure PFAS—including targeted methods that provide increased sensitivity and untargeted methods to detect the widest range of compounds—and to try to assess the connections between exposure, bioaccumulation, and health impacts. Join us for this interactive symposium—which follows on from our highly successful 2022 PFAS Summit—to learn about new techniques and best practices to tackle this serious problem and to ask your questions.
We have a morning and afternoon session each day. There will be live Q&A for the morning sessions. Attendance is free.

Top Reasons to Attend:

  • Learn about the latest developments in techniques and methods to detect and measure PFAS compounds in different types of matrices, such as environmental samples, food, and blood
  • Hear best practices for optimizing sample preparation, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry (including high-resolution MS) methods for PFAS analysis
  • Learn how one lab minimized laboratory background to detect PFAS at ppb levels in blood
  • Get up to date on approaches for assessing the links between environmental exposure, bioaccumulation, and human health consequences


Lutz Ahrens
Associate Professor in Organic Environmental Chemistry, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Lutz Ahrens is an Associate Professor in Organic Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). His research focuses on the development of new analytical methods for emerging organic pollutants, such as PFAS in the environment, using advanced mass spectrometry methods, and the application of these methods for transport and fate studies. In addition, his research focuses on the development of advanced treatment techniques for soil and water.

Detlef Knappe
S. James Ellen Distinguished Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University

Detlef Knappe is the S. James Ellen Distinguished Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University. He joined the NCSU faculty in 1996 after receiving a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Knappe’s research interest broadly encompass drinking water quality and treatment, and he has conducted research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) since 2010. Knappe is a member of the NC Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, and he is Deputy Director of NCSU’s Superfund Center for Environmental and Health Effects of PFAS. He serves as Associate Editor of the journal AWWA Water Science.

Susan Genualdi
Research Chemist, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration

Susan Genualdi is currently a Research Chemist in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration. Her research over the last 12 years has focused on developing methods for the analysis of direct and indirect food additives in food and food packaging and for the last six years has focused on PFAS analysis in foods. Prior to her work at the FDA, she received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Oregon State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Environment Canada, where she studied the environmental fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment.

Katerina Mastovska
Chief Scientific Officer at Eurofins US Food Division and Fellow of AOAC International

Dr. Katerina (Kate) Mastovska is a Chief Scientific Officer at Eurofins US Food Division. She is also the Technical & Industrial Director for Pesticides within the Operational Best Practices Program at Eurofins Scientific. Dr. Mastovska is a Fellow of AOAC International and the recipient of the 2021 AOAC Harvey W. Wiley Award. She has chaired or contributed to more than 20 AOAC expert review panels and working groups. Dr. Mastovska has been involved in chromatographic and mass spectrometric analysis of chemical residues, contaminants, and adulterants for over 25 years and has authored or co-authored more than 70 scientific publications in that area.

Anna Kärrman
Associate Professor in Chemistry, Man-Technology-Environment Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, Örebro University, Sweden

Anna Kärrman is an associate professor at Örebro University, Sweden, with the main research agenda to develop relevant and sensitive methods including non-targeted methodologies to unravel the identity of drivers of toxicity. Her focus is on analytical chemistry and emerging organic pollutants, their distribution in the environment, sources, and human exposure. Among her research work are studies of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and microplastics.

Andrew Patterson
Technical Director, Specialty Services
Eurofins Environment

Andrew Patterson is the Corporate Technical Director for Eurofins Environment Testing America for the Specialty Services division. He brings over 20 years of experience in the environmental laboratory field with a focus on HRGC/HRMS analyses and LC–MS/MS analyses. His use of these approaches have focused on PCBs, dioxins, brominated flame-retardants, PFAS, emerging contaminants, and human biomonitoring. He is among a handful of Eurofins scientists focused on developing spectroscopy methods for microplastic analysis. Prior to Eurofins, Andrew was the Technical Director for an analytical laboratory in Northern California where he developed capability for the analysis of PFAS and pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) within the laboratory and oversaw HRMS operations. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology with a concentration in Biochemistry from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

Erin S. Baker
Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Erin S. Baker is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. To date, she has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers utilizing different analytical chemistry techniques to study both environmental and biological systems. Baker is currently serving as the Vice President of Education for the International Lipidomics Society, as a mentor for Females in Mass Spectrometry (FeMS), as the co-leader of the Superfund Research Program PFAS Analytical Networking Group, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. She has received seven US patents, two R&D 100 Awards, and was a recipient of the 2016 ACS Rising Star Award for Top Midcareer Women Chemists, the 2022 ASMS Biemann Medal, and the 2022 IMSF Curt Brunnée Award. Currently, her research group utilizes advanced separations and novel software capabilities to examine how the environment affects human health.

Carrie A. McDonough
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

Carrie McDonough is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. She received a BSc in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her PhD in Chemical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO), where she worked under Rainer Lohmann studying hydrophobic organic contaminants in the Great Lakes. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Colorado School of Mines where she worked with Christopher Higgins to develop high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) methods for characterizing PFAS mixtures in biological fluids. McDonough’s overarching research objective is to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how synthetic organic contaminants impact aquatic ecosystems and human health. Her work protects the public from exposure to harmful pollutants and draws attention to the global ubiquity of organic contaminants.

Jacob de Boer
Professor Emeritus, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Jacob de Boer is emeritus professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Free University of Amsterdam). From 2006 to 2022 he was a professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit in 1995. Prof. De Boer has worked for 48 years on the analysis of environmental contamination such as polychlorinated biphenyls, flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds, PAHs, and other contaminants. In 1998 he won the Excellent Scientist Award of the Wageningen University. He co-authored one of the most cited papers in Chemosphere (2010, 88, 1119–1153), with >1200 citations. In 2005-2006 he was a professor in analytical environmental chemistry at the Dept. of Toxicology of the Wageningen University. In 2015 he was honored as one of the most cited scientists in his field (Top 1%) according to Thomson & Reuter. He is an advisor for UNEP, and of the European Scientific Advisory Panel of the CEFIC Long Range Initiative. He has (co)coordinated a large number of European research projects, and many research projects for other international organizations and industries. He organized numerous international interlaboratory studies on contaminants. He is a regular reviewer of scientific projects and programs in various countries. He has published 240 peer-reviewed articles with an average citation of 56 per article, including one paper in Nature and one in Science, two books and 21 book chapters. His H-index is 61. He is the editor-in-chief of Chemosphere (impact factor 8.9) and member of the editorial board of the Handbook of Environmental Chemistry.

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