PFAS Science Updates


The scientific community’s understanding of the health and environmental effects of PFAS is evolving at a rapid pace. At the same time, researchers are developing new technologies to assess and remediate PFAS contamination. This section provides the latest updates on developments in PFAS-related science and technology.

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Recent advances in the analysis of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – A review

University of Newcastle Researchers (i) summarize analytical techniques for identification and quantification of PFAS, (ii) review nanoparticle-based sensors, and an app-based smartphone portable sensor for monitoring and sensing PFAS in the environment, and (iii) review total oxidizable precursor assay, content of total organic fluorine, and total fluorine, which provide fundamental tools to achieving precursor quantification and closing mass balance analysis.

May 7, 2020 | Environmental Technology & Innovation, Volume 19

Early Life Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and ADHD: A Meta-Analysis of Nine European Population-Based Studies

Researchers did not identify an increased prevalence of ADHD in association with early life exposure to PFOS and PFOA. However, analyses suggest that there may be an increased prevalence of ADHD in association with PFAS exposure in girls, in children from nulliparous women, and in children from low-educated mothers, all of which warrant further exploration.                                                                      

May 6, 2020 | Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 128