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

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Al-Amin, Md., Sobhani, Zahra, Liu, Yanju, Dharmaraja, Raja, Chadalavada, Sreenivasulu, Naidu, Ravi, Chalker, Justin M. and Fang, Cheng. 2020. "Recent advances in the analysis of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - A review." Environmental Technology and Innovation. 19, pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eti.2020.100879
Article Title

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

ERA Journal ID210427
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAl-Amin, Md. (Author), Sobhani, Zahra (Author), Liu, Yanju (Author), Dharmaraja, Raja (Author), Chadalavada, Sreenivasulu (Author), Naidu, Ravi (Author), Chalker, Justin M. (Author) and Fang, Cheng (Author)
Journal TitleEnvironmental Technology and Innovation
Journal Citation19, pp. 1-24
Article Number100879
Number of Pages24
Year2020
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN2352-1864
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eti.2020.100879
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352186420303461
Abstract

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that are widely used in different industrial and commercial activities, have become emerging contaminants of concern. Thus, the evaluation of PFAS presence in diverse environmental matrices is of paramount importance, leading to the necessity in development of different types of analytical methods to analyse the trace amounts of PFAS with varying selectivity and sensitivity. Analytical methods that have been advanced and employed for PFAS identification are critically described with their strengths, limitations and future potentials in this review. This review includes, (i) instrument analytical methodologies, mainly focusing on sample preparation, extraction and recovery analysis, (ii) nanoparticle-based sensors, and an app-based smartphone portable sensor, for the monitoring and sensing of PFAS in different environmental matrices. Furthermore, (iii) total oxidisable precursor assay (TOPA), content of total organic fluorine (TOF) as well as total fluorine (TF) are also reviewed, which provide fundamental tools towards achieving precursor quantification and closing mass balance analysis.

KeywordsPer-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); LC-MS; Nanoparticle; Smartphone; TOP assay; TOF; Environmental matrices
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410404. Environmental management
410402. Environmental assessment and monitoring
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Newcastle
Flinders University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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