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    AXYS at SETAC 2013:  Session chairs, platform and poster presentations in Nashville, TN November 17 to 21

    AXYS’ analytical leadership is founded on scientific excellence.  AXYS co-chaired 2 sessions at SETAC -  “Occurrence, Fate, and Behavior of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in the Global Environment” and “Advances in Environmental Metabolomics”, both with the US EPA.  AXYS also presented 2 platforms and 3 posters at the conference.


    AXYS expands offering for analysis of per- and polyfluorinated substances

    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) constitute a diverse class of chemicals which have been globally manufactured since the 1950s and continue to be in use today. Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs, including PFOS and PFOA), are the most commonly studied PFAS due to their widespread occurrence in the environment, including human blood and remote arctic wildlife. The occurrence of PFAAs can arise from direct commercial use, but also from the degradation of precursor substances (i.e. PFAA-precursors). To aid researchers in understanding and characterizing sources of PFAA exposure, AXYS is pleased to announce the development of new methods for the quantitative analysis of the following PFAA-precursors:

    • Fluorotelomer sulfonates (FTSs). FTSs are PFCA-precursors which are often observed at elevated concentrations (even exceeding the concentration of PFOS and PFOA) around sites of aqueous film foam (AFFF) application. AXYS has developed new methods for the quantitative analysis of FTSs in solid and aqueous matrices, including specific handling protocols for high-level samples which are common around AFFF-discharge sites.
    • Polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters (PAPs) in aqueous and solid matrices. PAPs are a recently identified class of PFCA-precursor which have proved to be challenging to measure in samples due to their high surface activity. These substances are high production volume chemicals widely used in the food-contact paper and packaging industry. AXYS has developed new methods for the quantitative analysis of mono- and di-PAPs in solid and aqueous matrices.
    • Perfluorooctane sulfonamides (FOSAMs) and Fluorotelomer acids (FTAs) -Perfluorooctane sulfonamides and fluorotelomer acids are intermediates in the degradation of commercial surfactants and coatings to perfluoroalkyl acids (e.g. PFOS, PFOA). AXYS has developed new methods to measure both FOSAMs and FTAs simultaneously in solid and aqueous matrices.

    AXYS offers the widest range of PFAA and PFAA-precursor analysis of any commercial lab. Contact our Sales staff today to learn more.


    AXYS expands Naphthenic Acid method to additional matrices

    Through continual improvement processes, AXYS has implemented method updates for the Naphthenic Acid method to expand into solid and tissue matrices.  This method has direct application to fingerprinting projects related to the oil sands.  Please contact AXYS Sales staff to learn more. 


    AXYS develops a combined PPCP and Hormone method for POCIS media

    AXYS has developed a combined method to test for PPCP and Hormones in POCIS.  The test allows clients to test for 162 compounds from 1 sample, which reduces sampling costs without impacting detection limits.  Contact AXYS Sales staff today to learn more. 


    AXYS' Dr. M. Coreen Hamilton receives the 2013 Caledon award

    The 2013 Caledon award, which recognizes a Canadian who has made “significant scientific, technological or administrative contributions in the analytical chemistry of trace organic residues”, was awarded to Dr. Hamilton at the 48th Annual Western Canada Trace Organic Workshop in Vancouver, BC in May 2013.  


    Notable Publications:  

    Woudneh, M., Hamilton, C., Benskin, J., Wang, G., McEachern, P.,  Cosgrove, J. A novel derivatization-based LC MSMS method for quantitative characterization of naphthenic acids in environmental waters. Journal of Chromatography A, 1293 (2013) 36-43

    Headley, J.V. et al incl Hamilton, C., Woudneh, M., Wang, G. Chemical fingerprinting of naphthenic acids and oil sands process waters  A review of analytical Methods for environmental samples.  Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A (2013) 48, 1145–1163

    Klosterhaus S, Grace R, Hamilton M.C, Yee D. Method Validation of Reconnaissance of PPCP and Alkylphenols in Surface Waters, Sediments and Mussels in an Urban Estuary. Environment International, Vol. 54, pp. 92-99 (2013)

    Schantz, M., et al including Hamilton, C., Hoover, D., Patterson, D. Milk and serum standard reference materials for monitoring organic contaminants in human samples. Anal Bioanal Chem (2013) 405:1203–1211

    Long, E., Dutch, M., Weakland, S., Chandramouli, B., Benskin, J. Quantification of PPCPs and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in the Marine Sediments of Puget Sound, Washington USA. Environ. Technol and Chemistry, Vol., 32, No. 8, pp 1701-1710, 2013

    Greene, R., Di Toro, D., Farley, K., Phillips, K., Tomey, C. Modeling Water Column Partitioning of PCBs to Natural Organic Matter and Black Carbon. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, 6408-6414

    Mahalingaiah, S., Hauser, R., Patterson, D., Woudneh, M., Racowsky, C. BPA is not detectable in media or selected contact materials used in IVF. Reproductive BioMedicine Online (2012) 25, 608– 611

    Benskin, J. Ikonomou, M., Gobas, F., Woudneh, M., Cosgrove, J.  Observation of a Novel PFOS-Precursor, the Perfluorooctane Sulfonamido Ethanol-Based Phosphate (SAmPAP) Diester, in Marine Sediments. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2012, 46 (12), pp 6505–6514

    Benskin, J.P., Li, B., Ikonomou, M.G., Grace, J.R., Li, L.Y. Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Landfill Leachate- Patterns, Time Trends and Sources. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 11532−11540

    Benskin, J., Ikonomou, M., Woudneh, M., Cosgrove, J. Rapid characterization of perfluoralkyl carboxylate, sulfonate, and sulfonamide isomers by high-performance LC-MS/MS.  Journal of Chromatography A  (2012), pp. 165-170


    Krotz, S., Carson, S., Tomey, C., Buster, J.  Phthalates and bisphenol do not accumulate in human follicular fluid. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2012 Apr 27

    Rudel, R.A, J.M. Gray, C.L. Engel, T.W. Rawsthorne, R.E. Dodson, J.M. Ackerman, J. Rizzo, J.L. Nudelman, J.G. Brody (2011). Food packaging and bisphenol A and bis(2-ethyhexyl) phthalate exposure: Findings from a dietary intervention. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119:914-920. doi:10.1289/ehp.1003170

    Woudneh, M.B., Z. Ou, M. Sekela, T. Tuominen, M Gledhill (2009). Pesticide Multiresidues in Waters of the Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Part I - Surface Water. J Environ Qual 38:940-947

    Woudneh, M.B., Z. Ou, M. Sekela, T. Tuominen, M Gledhill (2009). Pesticide Multiresidues in Waters of the Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Part II - Groundwater. J Environ Qual 38:948-954

    Kelly, B.C., M.G. Ikonomou, J.D. Blair, B. Surridge, D. Hoover, R.D. Grace, F.A.P.C. Gobas (2009) Perfluoroalkyl Contaminants in an Arctic Marine Food Web: Trophic Magnification and Wildlife Exposure.  Environmental Science and Technology 2009, 43 (11) pp. 4037-4043

    Johnson, Glen W., Hansen, Larry G., Hamilton, M. Coreen, Fowler, Brian, Hermanson, Mark H.  (2008) PCB, PCDD and PCDF congener profiles in two types of Aroclor 1254. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology  25, 156-163.


    Harris K.A , N. Dangerfield, M. Woudneh, T. Brown, S. Verrin, and P. S. Ross (2008). Partitioning of current use and legacy pesticides in salmon habitat in British Columbia, Canada. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 27: 2253–226.


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Archived News

    US EPA releases draft PFC sludge method

    AXYS expands CALA accreditation to include Biomonitoring matrices for 12 tests

    AXYS adds low level Triclosan and Bisphenol-A methods

    AXYS offers EPA Method 1668C

    AXYS first North American lab to offer EPA Method 1694 PPCP analysis of tissues for 119 targets by LC-MS/MS.


    AXYS develops Alkylphenol method for tissues by LC-MS/MS and Naphthenic Acid method for POCIS and whole waters by LC-MS/MS.