Perfluorinated Compounds – Awesome or Awful?

I remember the event like it was yesterday. I was in the lab, rushing to complete my last experiment before the end of the day.  All of a sudden I smelled smoke and a small flame erupted on the bench.

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Tuesday Trivia – July 17, 2018

Globe and Jerusalem are types of what?  What movie is also a holiday that is celebrated in the United States?

If you’re like me, you’ll hear those questions and spend the next several hours trying to come up with the correct answers:  artichokes and Groundhog Day.

In addition to creating a bit of healthy debate and competition among coworkers, friends and family, trivia allows us to expand our knowledge – often without even realizing it.

Join me every Tuesday where we can test our wits and expand our horizons. Each question will have an answer posted the following Tuesday-all reasonable guesses are welcome!

The Tuesday Trivia question for this week:

Cucumbers and (fill in the blank) both consist of 95% water.

Stay tuned for the answer…

Solid Phase Extraction – What is That?

“Good data out requires good data in”.

I have heard many versions of that phrase over the course of my career. The statement could apply to a wide range of topics; however, as a chemist, the basic premise highlights to me the importance of proper sample preparation before analysis.

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Perfluorinated Compounds – Key Terms You Should Know

News stories involving perfluorinated compounds have become more dominant over the past several years. They certainly seem to be noteworthy articles; however, if you’re like me, you feel like they’re drinking from a metaphorical firehose when trying to learn the relevant terminology.

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