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      PFAS Translator for the Most Common Methods

      June 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM / by David Gallagher posted in Sample preparation, Solid-phase extraction, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS, wastewater, SPE, PFBS, PFCA, PTFE, EPA, PFOA, environmental compliance

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      One of the most frustrating things that we here at Biotage have had to deal with when we compare PFAS methods is the lack of a common naming convention for the compounds. It seems like every scientific article and every method contains at least one compound that either uses a new name or a new abbreviation and we have to spend excess time trying to confirm that yes, we're looking at the same compound.  It's so annoying!

       

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      Understanding Covid-19 Testing in Wastewater

      May 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM / by Evan Walters posted in wastewater, USEPA, covid-19, coronavirus, omicron

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      Have you ever heard about monitoring wastewater for Covid-19 outbreaks? If you haven’t, let me be the first to tell you that environmental chemists can monitor Coronavirus outbreaks on a routine basis. This procedure represents a scientific field referred to as Wastewater-Based Epidemiology.

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      Improving Your EPH Fractionation Workflow

      May 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM / by Deanna Bissonnette posted in wastewater, EPH, water treatment, environmental compliance, TurboVap EH, ISOLUTE EPH Cartridges

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      We all know that we need to make sure that we have consistency and accuracy in our data. Determining and understanding the roots of user error is the easy part, but how to minimize or eliminate user error can be difficult. A critical point in the sample prep workflow comes when we move samples from processing to evaporation. This transfer step is where most accidents usually happen, be it mixing up of samples, mislabeling of collection vessels, or even dropping the sample, all of these scenarios are detrimental to analyses providing inaccurate results or no results at all.

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      Where Does Wastewater Come From?

      March 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM / by Michael Ebitson posted in wastewater, US EPA 625.1, epa method 608.3, wastewater testing, wastewater sources

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      I can remember asking myself this question many years ago at my first environmental laboratory job. I was manually shaking out separatory funnels for EPA 625 and 608 and each sample looked drastically different from the next as I was pouring them into each separatory funnel. At the time, I thought the term wastewater meant anything that came from a sewer pipe and that it mainly consisted of human waste. When I looked deeper into the possible sample categories for these methods, I was very surprised by the different sample types required to be tested as wastewater. With that, it prompted me to ask myself well where does it come from?

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      What is Wastewater?

      February 7, 2022 at 5:09 PM / by Evan Walters posted in wastewater, USEPA, NPDES

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      Throughout my entire life I have always had an appreciation for water. Growing up in the Midwest, I spent my summers at the lake and winters in the snow. As a child, school taught me that water makes up ~70% of the earth’s surface and that most of that water is oceanic water (aka-salt water).

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      Hexachloroethane: Too Hot to Touch?

      December 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM / by Matt Harden posted in wastewater, TurboVap, concentration, Hexachloroethane, heat block, water bath

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      Testing for toxic organic contaminants in environmental samples often requires the following three sample preparation steps: 1) Extraction, 2) Concentration, and 3) Analysis. The goal during these three steps is to isolate the contaminants from the sample matrix and concentrate them so they can be detected and quantified. In this blog, I will discuss the importance of understanding how different types of concentration equipment can impact your analyte recoveries and the overall performance of your extraction procedure.

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      How to Reduce Sample Volumes without Sacrificing Analytical Detection Limits

      October 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM / by Deanna Bissonnette posted in biotage horizon 5000, oil and grease, wastewater, epa method 1664b, Biotage Horizon 3100, hexane extractable materials, EPA, reduced volume

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      In the world of environmental testing, many labs encounter extremely dirty samples. For example, EPA Method 1664B is the protocol for extracting oil and grease from wastewater samples. More often than not, these types of samples are really dirty, requiring loads of pre-filters, glass wool, and filter aid in order to get the entire liter of water through the disk. Well, there is!

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      How to plan for dirty samples for both extraction and analysis

      December 16, 2020 at 9:39 AM / by Matt Harden posted in Sample preparation, Solid-phase extraction, wastewater, gas chromatography, SPE, dirty samples

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      When juggling the responsibilities of working in a sample preparation lab as well as working as an analyst, it is very easy to get caught up in a never-ending cycle of samples. There is no situation “more frustrating” then when you have a bunch of wastewater samples that need to be extracted and analyzed ASAP and there is that one sample that is so much more challenging to extract than the others.

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      Myth Busters: Smaller Sample Volumes - EPA Method 1664B

      December 16, 2020 at 9:22 AM / by Michael Ebitson posted in oil and grease, wastewater, epa method 1664b

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      Have you ever had days of extracting oil and grease samples and thought to yourself “there must be an easier way to work with wastewater samples”? Whether you run oil and grease samples by liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) or by solid-phase extraction (SPE) it can be challenging at times to efficiently extract 1-liter samples due to the sample matrix.

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      Why It’s Easier to Succeed With Wastewater Extractions

      December 10, 2020 at 2:38 PM / by Maura Rury posted in SPE solid phase extraction, application, wastewater, HEM, e-book, hexane extractable materials

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      There’s nothing more satisfying than successfully extracting a really challenging sample. Solid phase extraction (SPE) is a powerful technique for extracting semi-volatile organic compounds and hexane-extractable materials (HEMs). When the chemistry is tailored to meet the requirements of the application, literally hundreds of compounds can be extracted with a single pass of solution through an SPE disk.

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