Course Description

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Dark Matter: Role of Total Organofluorine Analysiskeyboard_arrow_downSignificant effort continues in delineating the extent of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) contamination and recent advances in remedial approaches hold promise. However, the extent of remedial effort required for many of these sites remains unknown. This is due to the presence of large PFAS precursor compounds and other unknown or uncharacterized PFAS, which are not included as part of the suite of PFASs routinely monitored, but will add to the risk burden of a site in terms of both ecological and human health risks and remedial cost estimates.The challenge in accounting for this pool of undetermined PFAS can be significant as its nature and quantity are generally unknown (the Dark Matter). This presentation will describe our efforts in developing technologies to determine the magnitude of total PFAS including the Dark Matter, reported as total organofluorine (TOF) in environmental matrices such as soil, water and biota.

Bureau Veritas Laboratories

Heather Lord

Heather Lord is the Manager for Bureau Veritas Laboratories Environmental Research & Development. She earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Waterloo in 2005 and has published over 50 scientific research papers on the subject. She joined Bureau Veritas in 2012 and works closely with both internal staff and industry stakeholders to address new technical challenges and evolving industry needs. Her focus is on bringing new and improved service offerings to market and reducing time and costs for field work and lab services.

Course curriculum

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    GeoPro Talks -Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Dark Matter: Role of Total Organofluorine Analysis

    • Discussion

    • Video

    • Audio

    • Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) - GeoEnviroPro Nov 2020 FINAL