Dr. Ralf Löscher, Vice President of LECO Europe, talks to Thomas Gröger and Dr. Jürgen Schnelle-Kreis from the Helmholtz Zentrum München – the German Research Center for Environmental Health to learn about the impact of aerosols on our everyday life and health and gain some background information on their work.
The recent eSeminar series on SepScience.com covering LECO’s solutions for Food and Environmental Analysis is now available as an on-demand version. The talks feature topics around the challenging field of FOOD analysis as well as the ENVIRONMENTAL analysis of the thousands of chemicals present in our air, land and water supplies.
Please join us for two upcoming eSeminars on SepScience.com. We present how state of the art LECO GC-TOF-MS and GC×GC-TOF-MS technologies can dramatically enhance your applications for Food Analysis (9th June) and Environmental (11th June).
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Today, 20th May, is UN World Honey Bee Day. The honey bee is an important pollinator species that contributes an estimated $15 billion a year to the US economy through crop pollination and £690 million to the UK economy. Honey bees are also important wild pollinators, and play a key role in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in many ecosystems.
Fireworks are a staple of America’s Independence Day celebrations. It is estimated that 16,000 fireworks displays are held in the United States each year and American consumers will spend more than $1 billion in firework sales to mark the holiday! Beyond a big bang and bright lights, how do these fireworks affect the environmental world around them? LECO’s world headquarters are located in Saint Joseph, Michigan, a beach town on Lake Michigan where fireworks are a prominent backdrop to the 4th of July celebration. Last summer, our applications lab thought it would be a worthwhile and interesting experiment to test the water surrounding the firework launch spot to explore if there were any short-term environmental impacts. The influx of tourists to the Lake Michigan beaches during the holiday is sure to contribute chemicals from personal care products (sunscreen and insect repellent) to the water as well. Evaluating these potential contaminants surrounding the July 4th holiday was the objective of this study.
The analysis was conducted by taking water samples from three different places along the shoreline; the fireworks launch location off the pier, as well as two local beaches close to the launch site. This was done on July 2nd as well as on July 4th (an hour after the fireworks show) to provide an accurate measurement. LECO’s Pegasus HRT+ 4D system was used to analyse the water samples, which offers comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled to high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-HRTOFMS). GC×GC-HRTOFMS proved a powerful tool for exploration as it provided a full non-targeted analysis of the water samples before and after the fireworks show, clearly demonstrating the chemical differences between the two. GC×GC-HRTOFMS was also able to pinpoint contributions to the environmental pollution that occurred as a result of these pyrotechnic displays and the increased human traffic near the water sampling sites.
So what happened to the water quality of Lake Michigan from the increased tourism and fireworks? The results may surprise you…
Frank Dorman, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, spoke at our ASMS breakfast seminar about his experience using our Pegasus BT 4D benchtop GC×GC-TOFMS to analyze environmental contamination in the Susquehanna river.