Dr. Lisa Kates has joined the Chemistry Matters team. Lisa is an environmental chemist with a strong background in organic, analytical and forensic chemistry. She has participated in studies and investigations related to clandestine drug operations, human health and ecological risk assessments, forensic interpretation of oil spills and human toxicology.
Unfortunately, I hear the words “just grab a sample” too often in my line of work. Grabbing quick samples usually leads to problems or issues down the road. Any potential mistakes made with this quick decision cannot be undone, and bad data costs a lot of money to fix in the long run.
Imagine This… You have just finished a very large field program. You must have collected nearly 100 samples, all different matrices (water, soil, sediment, product samples), and multiple analyses are needed. You have COCs (chain of custody forms) filled out for everything, and you are driving over to the laboratory…
This past week, I was able to attend the Dioxin conference in Florence, Italy. The conference is 30 years old, and it was started for the topic of Dioxins. Over the years, the conference has expanded to cover many more contaminants, but today, it mostly covers everything on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).