Capability has been developed to identify a range of endocrine disruptors and priority micropollutants including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products.
Micropollutants Analysis and Passive Sampling
Monitoring ubiquitous micropollutants in the aquatic environment is the major focus of this sub-theme. The methods we use not only include GC-MS and LC-MS instrumental analysis, but also bioanalytical tools such as yeast-based transcriptional activation assays, general toxicity tests by photobacteria and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays.
Capability has been developed to identify a range of endocrine disruptors and priority micropollutants, along with collaborations with CSIRO and Japanese researchers at the National Institute for Environmental Studies and the University of Kitakyushu. Passive samplers suitable for measuring a range of micropollutants, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, have been identified (POCIS and Chemcatchers).
The outcome of this research is the provision of a templated package for future assessment of micropollutants in Melbourne and Victoria that could also be applied nationally and internationally.