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Lowering environmental toxicity:
Engineering the PFAS lab of the future

“Looking at the future, we feel there is a fantastic demand for dealing with PFAS around the world. We want to develop the most customized, cost-effective solutions when it comes to highly contaminated PFAS remediation needs.”

Martin Bureau, Vice President of Innovation, Sanexen Environmental Services

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of several thousand man-made compounds widely used in everyday products such as non-stick coatings in cookware, stain-repellant coatings, detergents and more. Due to their widespread use and persistence in the environment, PFAS have become ubiquitous, and have been detected in human and animal tissue samples across the globe.

Researchers worldwide are actively engaged in the effective detection, measurement, and risk assessment of PFAS in our environment, food, commerical and consumer products. However, accurately testing for PFAS poses a significant challenge because PFAS are almost impossible to exclude from the lab environment and testing products themselves. As a result, samples become contaminated. Additionally, the regulation surrounding PFAS is becoming increasingly stringent, further complicating the landscape.

Partnering with researchers to understand the testing challenges, Agilent engineered a “cleaner” way to approach PFAS testing. This included devising a manufacturing process that creates testing products that have been specifically designed to meet regulatory compliance.

Agilent is on a mission to collaborate with researchers, so that together we can engineer the PFAS testing lab of the future - complete with custom designed end-to end workflows for extraction, quantification, and reporting of PFAS. Together, we can work toward a healthier, safer world.

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