Pim de Voogt in special edition of American Chemical Society

26 January 2016

Professor Pim de Voogt from UvA and colleagues of the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Waterworks and Wageningen University & Research, have published in a special edition of the American Chemical Society. The paper describes the quest for the identity of some hitherto unknown compounds that have been showing up regularly over the past decade in samples taken from the river Meuse.

Using accurate mass high resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) revealed the identity of some industrial compounds used in the manufacturing of resins. Five out of the seven compounds identified are not contained in the CAS registry, a compound database containing more than 71 million organic and inorganic substances. Whether or not the substances identified pose any harm for man or the environment remains to be clarified. Their structures suggest that removal of these compounds from the water during drinking water treatment will be difficult.

The article has been selected together with 19 other papers for a thematic issue about Anaytical Chemistry.

Photo: UvA

Pim de Voogt is chair of the department of Aquatic Environmental Ecology of IBED and member of the Amsterdam Water Science Steering Committee. His research focuses on the fate and effects of natural and xenobiotic substances in the environment. Next to his professorship at UvA he holds a position as principal scientist at KWR, the research institute of the Dutch water companies.

Publication details

Van Leerdam JA, Vervoort J, Stroomberg GJ, de Voogt P (2014) ‘Identification of unknown microcontaminants in Dutch river water by liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy’. ES&T 48, 12791–12799. DOI: 10.1021/es502765e

Published by  IBED Water