Contaminants of emerging concern

Identify, track and map pollutants in the environment so your lab can facilitate pollution control and policy generation

Discover the power of SCIEX mass spectrometry solutions for analyzing contaminants of emerging concern

Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) encompass a diverse array of chemical compounds, such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides, sunscreens, perfluorinated compounds and nanomaterials that are found in various environmental matrices, ranging from groundwater to food sources. Although they currently lack regulatory standards, CECs might be candidates for future regulation, depending on their potential ecological and health impacts. CECs therefore demand thorough investigation by environmental research institutes.

Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) can be used as a powerful tool for comprehensive CEC analysis. With SCIEX mass spectrometry solutions, you can:

  • Monitor multiple compound classes on a single instrument
  • Simplify sample preparation with highly sensitive detection
  • Ensure robust results are unaffected by matrix interferences
  • Expedite data analysis with comprehensive software solutions

Contaminants of emerging concern applications

Address escalating levels of contaminants of emerging concern.

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs)

Easily assess the impact of BFRs with LC-MS/MS.


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Disinfection byproducts (DBPs)

Determine the concentration of DBPs in the environment.


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Endocrine disruptors

Quantify endocrine-disrupting compounds at trace levels in water, soil, foods and other products.


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Accurately measure and assess the fate of nanomaterials and their potential toxicity to humans and the environment.


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Natural and freshwater toxins

Comprehensively test a variety of toxins, including microcystins, in a single analysis.


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Pesticides and herbicides

Analyze the toxicity of pesticides and herbicides, quantify their presence in water and determine what level of exposure poses a hazard


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Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)

Get the selectivity, specificity and sensitivity you need to quantify PPCP compounds at low parts-per-trillion concentrations


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Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Accurately analyze the diverse chemical structures of PFAS, including GenX, using LC-MS/MS technology.


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Suspect screening and unknown surveillance

Get the confidence you need to confirm “known” unknowns.


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