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PFAS Testing Seminar Series Begins Sept. 18

An image of a water sample featured on the PFAST Network website.

The North Carolina PFAS Testing Network will host in the coming weeks a series of online research update and discussion seminars on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Professor Jane Hoppin and her team at North Carolina State University have been planning these interactive seminars featuring researchers and government and community partners with the PFAS Testing Network.

The PFAST Network is a statewide research collaboration to test for current levels of PFAS chemicals in drinking water and air samples across the state.

The first seminar, “PFAS in Drinking Water Sources,” will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 18. The Zoom link is

Detlef Knappe

Researchers with North Carolina State University, Detlef Knappe and Helena Mitasova, will speak during this first seminar.

Knappe is a professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State. His research focuses on source water protection by identifying contaminants through targeted and non-targeted analyses and on the development of treatment approaches for the removal of unregulated contaminants.

Mitasova is professor of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences & Associate Director for Geovisualization in the Center for Geospatial Analytics.

Helena Mitasova

The North Carolina PFAST Network was created in response to a legislative mandate and funding by the North Carolina General Assembly to help answer questions about exposure to PFAS chemicals throughout the state.

The Network is made up of researchers from NC State, North Carolina A&T University, Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of North Carolina Charlotte and East Carolina University who have received NC General Assembly funding through the NC Policy Collaboratory.


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