CERC Science Topic: Environmental Chemistry

    At CERC environmental chemisty characterizes pollution of aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric ecosystems. Research is conducted to provide information to resource managers regarding source of pollution, exposure, trophic transfer and environmental fate. Custom analytical methods are developed to decipher complex mixtures of emerging contaminants, endocrine disruptors, toxic elements and persistent organic pollutants (including dioxins). CERC has state-of-the-art analytical facilities that include gas and liquid chromatography (LC), low and high resolution mass spectrometry (MS), ICP-MS, direct mercury analyzer, atomic absorption, and LC/MS. Passive sampling methods such as the SPMD, POCIS, SLMD and PIMS were invented at CERC and are now used worldwide to assess pollutant exposure.
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