NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Waters will use its liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry instruments to help the US Environmental Protection Agency develop ways to detect perfluorinated compounds in soil and water, the company said today.
The three-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement calls the partners to create methods for collecting and storing samples, and for extracting, cleaning, and analyzing trace-level PFCs.
Waters will use its LC and MS instruments to measure minute concentrations of PFCs
The agreement also will seek to develop methods for understanding how PFCs are distributed and how humans come in contact with them.
Andy Lindstrom, a scientist at the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory, said this agreement “is an important opportunity for the EPA to evaluate state-of-the-art instrumentation to help answer the most important questions related to human exposures to the PFCs.
Waters has an ongoing agreement with the EPA, the company said, which aims to screen for 280 harmful contaminants in drinking water to provide the EPA with screening tools and water analysis technology, the company said.