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PFAS – News and Features

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Harmful “Forever Chemicals” Removed From Water With New Electrocatalysis Method

Nanocatalysts could be used to remove harmful PFAS chemicals from water.
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Improved Persistent Organic Pollutants Analysis for a Safer Global Environment

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemicals that threaten human health and cause environmental deterioration. This article highlights the potential of trapped ion mobility spectrometry (TIMS) for improved POPs analysis.
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From PFAS to Microplastics, What Might Be Leaking Out of Your Teabag?

Depending on the brand, your favorite cup of tea could be contaminated with billions of microplastics and/or traces of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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New Analysis Method Can Detect Forever Chemicals in Under Three Minutes

A new laboratory method can detect the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), more commonly known as "forever chemicals," in a matter of minutes.
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Teabags and Processed Meats May Be Key Dietary Sources of PFAS

After comparing the eating habits of young US adults with their blood levels of PFAS, the researchers found that the participants who ate more takeouts and processed meats were more likely to have higher levels of the forever chemicals.
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PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Are Being Spread on World’s Ski Slopes

Fourteen different types of PFAS have been found in soils at family skiing spots in the Austrian Alps, at levels far higher than in areas not normally used for skiing.
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New Luminescent Sensor Detects “Forever Chemicals” in Water

A new luminescent sensor can detect "forever chemicals" in water in a faster, more cost-effective way than existing detectors.
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“Forever Chemicals” Are Crisscrossing in the Arctic Ocean

PFAS circulating in the polar waters in an uneven feedback loop, whereby the Arctic Ocean exports almost as many chemicals to the North Atlantic Ocean as it receives back.
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Bottled Water Contains Thousands of Nanoplastics

For the first time, researchers have been able to count and identify nanoplastics – plastic particles measuring less than one micrometer in size – in samples taken from bottled water.
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PFAS Promote Migration of Lab-Grown Cancer Cells

PFAS compounds have been shown to induce migration of cancer cells, a feature of metastasis. Cancer cells exposed to PFAS also showed metabolic changes consistent with metastasis.