PFAS Analysis

Trace-level detection and quantification of PFAS

PFAS workflows

Current and future limits

The analysis of poly-and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is now a regular test conducted across many environmental laboratories around the globe. The prevalence of PFAS compounds in environmental samples require an end to end workflow that is highly sensitive to quantify at parts per quadrillion levels (ppq), free from the spoils of contamination throughout the method, produces consistent, precise, and reliable results from injection to injection.

The demand for PFAS testing of drinking water, raw water, and soil (just to name a few) is expanding. PFAS testing needs are now migrating outside of the typical matrices found in environmental analysis to food products, animal tissues, human biological fluids. Therefore, depending on the type of analysis your laboratory performs, the chosen workflow must be adaptable and robust to analyze various sample types for PFAS.

PFAS workflows

A new series of advisory levels for PFAS

In June 2022, the EPA announced a new series of advisory levels for PFAS in drinking water* Emerging Contaminants (EC) in Small or Disadvantaged Communities Grant (SDC) | US EPA. Ours PFAS experts at SCIEX have worked closely with industry leaders to develop workflows to address these requirements, powered by highly sensitive liquid chromatography mass spectrometry instrumentation (LC-MS/MS).

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have also released a guideline - a universal PFAS restriction proposal that covers a wide-range of commercial products containing this family of chemicals, as well as an implementation timeline for general guidance.

These PFAS workflows deliver trace level detection and quantification of key compounds such as Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), GenX Chemicals, Perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS), and many more. SCIEX provides you the PFAS analysis solutions needed to address regulatory requirements and adaptive packages to meet your technology budget.

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Highlights from our keynote speakers on PFAS

Amy Rand

Assistant Professor, Charlton University

Presentation: Screening of PFAS in cosmetics and personal care products

Andrew Patterson

Technical Director, Eurofins Specialty Services

Presentation: The ever-changing landscape of the modern PFAS laboratory

Cora Young

Associate Professor and Guy Warwick Rogers Chair, York University

Presentation: Environmental fate and global distribution of PFAS

Chris Higgins

PHD, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado School of Mines

Presentation: Advancing LC-MS analyses for characterizing human exposure to PFASs

PFAS workflows

Detect, quantify, characterize

Targeted trace level quantification

SCIEX 7500 system

For ultimate quantification of trace level PFAS compounds, the SCIEX 7500 system is the instrument of choice. The sensitivity gains reduce the need for concentration steps in sample preparation.

Non targeted unknown screening

Zeno Trap and EAD

With thousands of PFAS compounds out in the environment, and materials used in all aspects of daily life, the SCIEX 7600 system delivers comprehensive discovery workflows to detect and characterize new compounds of interest.