Journal article

A single analytical method for the determination of 53 legacy and emerging per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in aqueous matrices

Timothy L Coggan, Tarun Anumol, James Pyke, Jeff Shimeta, Bradley O Clarke



A quantitative method for the determination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) using liquid chromatography (LC) tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) was developed and applied to aqueous wastewater, surface water, and drinking water samples. Fifty-three PFAS from 14 compound classes (including many contaminants of emerging concern) were measured using a single analytical method. After solid-phase extraction using weak anion exchange cartridges, method detection limits in water ranged from 0.28 to 18 ng/L and method quantitation limits ranged from 0.35 to 26 ng/L. Method accuracy ranged from 70 to 127% for 49 of the 53 extracted PFAS, with the remaining four between 66 and 138%. Method ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which this research was conducted. This research was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. The Authors acknowledge the reviewers and editors for improving the manuscript. T Coggan acknowledges Agilent Technologies and Water Research Australia Limited for supporting this project. The authors acknowledge the following individuals for advice on the manuscript: Raymond Harvey, Thomas McGrath, Phoebe Lewis, and Courtney Milner. The authors thank Raymond Harvey for production of the icons used in the graphical abstract. T Coggan thanks Phoebe Lewis for assistance in collecting environmental samples.