The 17th Annual Workshop on Emerging High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry & LC-MS/MS Applications in Environmental Analysis and Food Safety was held in Ottawa, Canada from 14-15 October 2021.
The workshop had virtual participation for many international participants who were unable to attend live due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
This workshop is a scientific meeting to foster dialogue among scientists in government, academia, and industry to further develop, investigate, and troubleshoot challenges related to advances in emerging HRMS and LC-MS/MS applications in environmental analysis and food safety.
The objective of the workshop is to inform about novel practical applications of high-resolution mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry to screen and quantify organic contaminants in environmental and food matrices.
The main theme of the 2021 workshop is “Non-target screening with high resolution mass spectrometry for detecting and identifying emerging contaminants relevant to human and environmental health and food safety”.
In the opening session, a film showcasing PSIPW’s most recent winners was shown.
Separately, a PSIPW representative spoke at the session, highlighting its recognition for six researchers participating in the workshop.
PSIPW gave recognition and support to the distinguished addressee, Dr. Diana Aga, research professor in Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Mass Spectrometry, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, where she presented the keynote address "Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Revealing New Chemical Forms Through High Resolution Mass Spectrometry and Complementary Techniques".
PSIPW also provided recognition and support through its young researcher participation grant to five student and early career researchers for their water-related research:
Olga Gómez Navarro, from the Department of Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, was awarded for “Determination of pharmaceuticals in intermittent rivers in Spain using three data acquisition modes on Q-Exactive Orbitrap-MS”.
Lahiruni Halwatura, from the Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA, was awarded for “Identification of wastewater-based unknown contaminants of emerging concern via in silico methods for non-targeted screening approaches”.
Xuerong Li, from the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment, Florida International University, USA, was awarded for “Comprehensive assessment of PFAS on their occurrence, composition, spatial distribution, and seasonal variation in drinking and surface water in South Florida environments”.
Lan Liu, from the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, was awarded for “Simultaneous targeted and suspect screening of contaminants in the spawning grounds of the endangered Copper Redhorse fish”.
Diana Manjarrés-López, from ENFOCHEM, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, was awarded for “Presence of pollutants of emerging concern in invasive and autochthonous species from l`Albufera Natural Park (Spain) by LC-HRMS/MS Q-Exactive Orbitrap”.