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Aug 24, 2016
Contributing to Environmental Preservation with Analytical & Measuring Technologies
Launch of the 7th Phase for Environmental Monitoring Project with the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
– Providing Continuous Support Since 1996 –
Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto Japan, has been supporting the United Nations University's project of environmental monitoring and analysis of hazardous substances in Asia since 1996. In efforts to further advance this dynamic joint project to manage environmental pollutants in Asia, Shimadzu Corporation and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) have reached an agreement to enter into the 7th phase, featuring the global monitoring of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in sediment and biota samples.
This project aims to achieve sound chemical management in the Asian coastal hydrosphere in 10 countries under the leadership of the UNU-IAS. Since its inception, the project has focused on the monitoring of environmental pollutants and, in this current iteration, will focus on persistent organic compounds, or POPs. Throughout this time, Shimadzu has provided comprehensive support for this multilateral project, capitalizing on its technical skills and expertise with respect to environmental analysis. The project has involved Dr. Yasuyuki Shibata, fellow at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, and Dr. Masatoshi Morita, visiting professor at Ehime University, Japan, as technical project advisors. In addition, the project provides support to participating institutes to enhance their environmental monitoring research activities in their respective countries.
In the 7th phase, the project's participants will collect and analyze data on PFCs in ten Asian countries to help better implement the multilateral environmental agreement of the Stockholm Convention on POPs. As part of this initiative, the project will also contribute to the capacity development of environmental monitoring, the assessment of human health and the ecosystem, and the establishment of environmental regulations and standards in the Asian regions.
For this project, Shimadzu Corporation provides analytical instruments, applications and advisory services related to the operation and maintenance of the instruments. As a part of its fulfillment, a technical training workshop was held from July 12 to 15, 2016 in the Global Application Development Center of Shimadzu Corporation and Shimadzu Techno-Research, INC, Kyoto, Japan.
Shimadzu's corporate philosophy, "Contributing to Society through Science and Technology", guides its efforts to pursue a harmony between global environment preservation and business development as a top management priority. In this sense, it is vital for Shimadzu Corporation to contribute to this project with its products and technologies.
Technical Training Workshop, 12th – 15th July, 2016
The workshop covered a wealth of analytical knowledge and skills necessary for PFCs analysis, from sample pretreatments for extraction of the PFCs to measurement and data analysis by triple quadrupole liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). This phase will see an increase in the number of the target compounds to be analyzed as well as the development of a faster multicomponent simultaneous separation and detection method of PFCs in sediment and biota. This new method will shorten the instrument's run time from 30 minutes to 15 to 20 minutes per analytical run. Following the training workshop, each participating institute will plan the sampling activity in each country, followed by a sample analysis session by LC-MS/MS (LCMS-8040) at three project's laboratories in Asia.
< Outline of the training workshop >
|DAY 1||Opening remarks by the project advisor (Dr. Morita), Global trends and topics on POPs monitoring (Dr. Shibata), Lecture and practice of Shimadzu LC-MS/MS basic operation|
|DAY 2||Overview of the 7th Phase (UNU-IAS), Practice of sample treatments (Sediment)|
|DAY 3||Practice of sample treatments (Biota), Practice of sample analysis using LC-MS/MS|
|DAY 4||Data analysis and discussion, Practice of instrument maintenance|
Project Outline of The 7th Phase
For the global monitoring of PFCs and its analytical capacity development, Asian participating institutes collect analysis data of PFCs (PFOS, PFOA and other PFCs) from environmental water, sediment and biota in each country. The project aims to contribute to the pollution assessment of water quality and the biological accumulation in 10 Asian countries.
< Participating countries >
China, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam (Ten countries in alphabetical order)
< Support from Shimadzu >
Instrument provision (continued): Three high-speed liquid chromatograph triple quadrupole mass spectrometers (LC-MS/MS)
Advisory and instructive services: Development of standard analytical methods, technical training to the participating institutes and support of disseminating the project results at an international symposium
< Outline of Previous Projects' Focus >
The 1st Phase: Pesticides contamination in foods (rice) and soils, VOC in tap water and indoor/ambient air
The 2nd Phase: EDCs such as pesticides, bisphenol-A, alkylphenols and phthalic acid in river water
The 3rd Phase: POPs such as pesticides and termiticides in river and sediment
The 4th Phase: POPs in biota (shrimp, fish, squid)
The 5th Phase: PCBs in environmental water and PBEDs in sediments
The 6th Phase: PFOS and PFOA in environmental water
As an outcome of the 6th Phase, the analysis data of Korea, Philippines and Thailand were introduced in the 2nd POPs Monitoring Report Asia-Pacific Region as a part of the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention.