Analytical Chemistry to Quantify Municipal Wastewater Treatment Technology Performance and Benefits to Environmental Health

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  • Date: May 24, 2017 - 15:00 - 16:00 (local time)
  • Presenter: Lee JacksonAgilent Technologies
  • Categories: HPLC / Gas Chromatography / Base Peak
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Analytical Chemistry to Quantify Municipal Wastewater Treatment Technology Performance and Benefits to Environmental Health

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Growing populations are placing pressure on limited water supplies around the globe. Not only are populations growing larger, but they are also growing older. Longer and healthier lives result from new drug therapies that continue to be developed. However, drugs and their metabolites are excreted from our bodies and make their way to municipal wastewater treatment plants and advances in analytical chemistry have led to the detection and quantification of a stunning array of chemicals in water systems. Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) is a recently commissioned (2015) research facility built to design and test engineered technologies to remove pharmaceuticals and personal care products from municipal wastewater. Technology performance is evaluated analytically using advanced instrumentation such as LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, LC-QTOF and others by comparing compounds in influent and effluent of advanced oxidation and membrane-based modules; environmental performance is evaluated by measuring organismal responses in 12 replicate, naturalized, experimental streams dosed with treated effluent.

What you will learn:

  • Major differences between oxidation and membrane-based treatment modules
  • Challenges to translating effects in model organisms to people
  • Challenges to analysis of biological samples
  • Potential solutions to measure environmental concentrations of pharmaceuticals

Who should attend:

  • Analytical chemists interested in applying chemical quantification to environmental problem solving
  • Environmental analysts and technicians who work with GC/MS and LC/MS systems
  • Graduate students and post-docs working on environmental analyses (chemical and biological)

   Your Presenter

Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson

Professor, Biological Sciences
and Scientific Director
Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets
University of Calgary

Lee Jackson: Biography

Lee Jackson is a Professor of Aquatic Communities and Ecosystems in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Scientific Director of Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA). His research centres on processes that affect (1) the stability of aquatic communities and ecosystems, and (2) impacts of biologically active compounds, particularly endocrine disrupting compounds, on natural populations. He focusses on the role of biota and their interactions on the flux of energy, nutrients and contaminants in food webs. His research considers the role of rooted aquatic macrophytes and food web structure on the state in which shallow prairie lakes are found. Research at ACWA involves i) collaborations with engineers to develop and test new technologies to remove pharmaceuticals from municipal wastewater, ii) development of new methods to measure emerging contaminants of concern, and iii) development of diagnostic tools to evaluate environmental effects of effluent mixtures on natural populations.


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