• Automate your PFAS analysis with Gilson for greater lab efficiencies

Environmental Laboratory

Automate your PFAS analysis with Gilson for greater lab efficiencies

Jun 13 2023

As stricter restrictions and closer monitoring of Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) come into effect around the globe, sample quantity and throughput demands will increase significantly, putting more pressure on laboratories to move to automated extractions.  Gilson, a long-established supplier of laboratory solutions, has developed an automated series of systems that streamlines the PFAS analysis process and improves data quality and traceability.

PFAs are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which bioaccumulate in the food chain. Their potential health effects and environmental persistence have raised significant worldwide concerns within the scientific community. As a result, there is an urgent need for reliable and efficient methods to detect and quantify PFAS in environmental samples.

Solid-phase extraction (SPE) is a proven method which can selectively isolate and concentrate PFAS or other contaminants from complex matrices such as soil, sediment, and animal extracts. However, manual extraction is a tedious, laborious and difficult task, often involving 2-step methods with different cartridges and matrices.

Gilson ASPEC® automated SPE solutions are designed to automate any manual SPE method and have specific configurations optimised for PFAS analysis. They are also compatible with any brand of SPE cartridge for maximum efficiency and convenience in the lab.

Benefits of PFAS extraction with Gilson’s ASPEC systems:

  • Isolates PFAS from water, soil and food matrices
  • Improves your sample throughput, traceability and reproducibility of results
  • Frees up your technicians and managers for more urgent and important tasks
  • Positive pressure SPE with error handling to secure automated processes
  • Specific materials to eliminate any PFAs leaching
  • Can use any brand of cartridge - ask for recommendations
  • Fully automates complex protocols, including dual extractions 
  • An automation example cited in EU regulations Annex version 1.0 for high throughput SPE

Furthermore, automation greatly reduces labour costs, reduces potential exposure to hazardous solvents, and increases overall efficiency for high-throughput laboratories.

To learn more or talk with their experts, visit the website, where you can download the “Gilson Guide to SPE Automation” and read the App-NOTE: “Automated Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) of 10 Perfluorinated Compounds (PFAs) from Tap Water”. 

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