Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

March 1-5, 2025



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Stay connected to Pittcon throughout the year with our virtual programming, featuring World Class Speakers, Coffee Breaks, Planning Sessions, and Virtual Networking.  

Next Session: Pre-Recorded Presentation with Live Q&A

Sifting Through Thousands of "Forever Chemicals" Using Ion Mobility-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry and Total Organofluorine Techniques

Humans and all other living things are continuously exposed to mixtures of per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) via drinking water, diet, indoor dust, and commercial products (e.g., textiles, food wrappers, and cosmetics). Over time, these exposures have led to widespread accumulation of PFASs in human serum, and in the tissues and fluids of virtually every other animal investigated. Biomonitoring efforts have successfully established the global occurrence of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) and several other PFASs in human blood. However, despite considerable efforts to expand analyte lists to encompass more of the thousands of known PFASs, studies continue to report a significant gap between total organofluorine and total quantifiable PFASs in human blood. Identifying the PFASs contributing to this unidentified organofluorine (UOF) gap is essential to understand predominant exposure pathways, and will enable a more complete understanding of total body burden and associated health impacts. Here I will discuss progress toward characterizing PFAS mixtures in biological samples, including high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) efforts and bioanalytical approaches for the identification and prioritization of novel PFASs.

Thursday, May 30

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Carrie McDonough

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

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About Carrie

Carrie McDonough is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her B. Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Her research resides at the intersection of environmental analytical chemistry, environmental health engineering, and chemical biology. She is interested in understanding how organic contaminants impact aquatic ecosystems and human health, with an emphasis on chronic exposures to complex environmentally-relevant mixtures. She is currently working on several projects focused on the toxicokinetics of PFAS mixtures and comprehensive high-resolution mass spectrometry approaches to PFAS biomonitoring. 

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Upcoming Programming

** Programming details coming soon **

Monday, June 10
2:00 -3:00 PM

Microplastics in the Environment: Analytical Chemistry Methods, Sorption Material, Risks and Sustainable Solutions

Damia Barcelo

Chemistry and Physics Department, University of Almeria


Supervisory Skills for Technical Managers

Elizabeth Treher

The Learning Key


Basic LC-MS/MS: Principles, Applications, Tips & Tricks

Matthew Vergne

Lipscomb University


Data Management in the Laboratory of Tomorrow

James Brennan

LabWare, Inc.


It’s Time to Buy a LIMS: Words of Advice for Both Novice and Experienced Buyers

Michael Budz

Accelerated Technology Laboratories


Leadership in the Lab

Katherine Stone

Pacira Pharmaceuticals


Neurodiversity, Talent Acquisition & Retention in the Workplace

Roshana Babu