HYBRID EVENT - Emerging Contaminants: Recent Research Insights

HYBRID EVENT - Emerging Contaminants: Recent Research Insights


Our Adelaide branch have arranged for current academic leaders working in the emerging contaminants space to provide a snapshot of recent research findings on the assessment and remediation of non-routine analytes. The following talks will be presented:

  • Professor Mike McLaughlin: Retention and Release of PFAS from AFFF-Contaminated Soils.
  • Doctor Mike Williams:  Plastics in Organic Waste – An Emerging Contaminant in a Circular Economy.

Professor Mike McLaughlin leads a soil science research group at the University of Adelaide and will share some of their recent findings around the mobility of PFAS contaminants in soils, as well as advances in potential immobilisation remediation treatments for use in AFFF contaminated soils.

Doctor Mike Williams is a research scientist within the CSIRO Land and Water Contaminants and Biotechnologies research program, and is heavily involved in the assessment of trace organic contaminants in the environment. Mike will share an overview of the fate, ecotoxicology and risks associated with plastics in terrestrial ecosystems.

The event will provide some great insights into recent academic advances in the emerging contaminants space, as well as an opportunity for some face to face networking between industry and academic peers.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Drinks and nibbles will be served.

Registration and networking open: 5:00 PM (in-person only)
Presentation start time: 6:00 PM

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Professor Mike McLaughlin, Professor in Soil Science, University of Adelaide
Mike McLaughlin is a Professor in Soil Science in the School of Agriculture Food and Wine, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide.  Mike gained his B.Sc. from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, a M.Agr.Sc from the University of Reading (UK) and his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide (Australia). Mike's research interests are in the environmental chemistry of contaminants, contaminant bioavailability, risk assessment and remediation. He has published more than 400 scientific research papers/chapters and is co-inventor of several licensed patents relating to the measurement and remediation of soil contaminants. He is currently investigating the fate, behaviour and remediation of PFAS in soils.

Doctor Mike Williams, Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water
Dr Mike Williams is a research scientist within the CSIRO Land and Water Contaminants and Biotechnologies research program. His research experience involves assessment of the fate and effects of a diverse range of trace organic contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, personal care products, hydraulic fracturing chemicals, perfluorinated chemicals and microplastics, in aquatic and terrestrial environments. He has the ability to integrate assessment of fate and effects to determine the potential ecological impacts of trace organic contaminants. He has extensive experience in the quantification and identification of trace residues of organic contaminants in a range of environmental matrices, including soil and water. Dr Williams has a demonstrated capacity to work and interact with others across a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, pharmacology, hydrology and analytical chemistry. He is currently involved in projects assessing (1) the fate and ecotoxicity of plastics in terrestrial ecosystems, (2) the assessment of chemicals from hydraulic fracturing activities, (3) risks of contaminants (such as perfluorinated chemicals, antibiotics and microplastics) associated with municipal wastes and biosolids, and (4) assessment of fate of PFAS in solid waste material.

Cliftons Venues
1/80 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000

FEES (incl. GST):
ALGA Member In Person: $49.50 Online: $33.00
ALGA Student Member In Person: $24.75 Online: $16.50
Branch Welcome Attendee: $25.00 Student: $12.50
Non-Member In Person: $99.00 Online: $66.00

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