Past Event: 10th December 2020 - Christmas special


Virtual Environmental & Food Analysis SIG


Christmas Special: PFAS – A UK perspective on PFAS pollution and analysis





15:00   Opening remarks


15:05   KEYNOTE:

'The emerging PFAS issue: big picture, challenges and solutions'

Dr Ian Ross, Arcadis.



           'Novel analysis of PFAS using a Direct Probe ionisation Mass Spectrometer (DPiMS)’.

            Tim Sidnell, University of Surrey.



Challenges Surrounding the Analysis of PFAS’.

  • Ian Ross, Arcadis, UK
  • Tim Sidnell, University of Surrey, UK
  • Leo Yeung, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Ingrid Ericson, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Kate Schofield, University of Plymouth, UK


16:30   End of year social mixer (BYOB) – fancy dress optional!


Ian Ross, Ph.D., is a Senior Technical Director and Global, In Situ Remediation Technical Lead / Global PFAS Lead at Arcadis. He has been focussed on the bioremediation of xenobiotics for over 26 years as a result of 3 applied industrially sponsored academic research projects. At Arcadis he has worked designing and implementing innovative chemical, physical and biological remediation technologies. He is currently focused on risk management and remediation of PFASs, with 13 years of experience working on PFASs projects

He has experience with multiple physical, chemical and biological treatment technologies and has won several national and international remediation awards for designing their application. His focus for the last 4 years has been on solely on PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and he has was part of the team authoring and reviewing the CONCAWE PFAS guidance document and has published several articles on PFAS analysis, site investigation and remediation, including a recent book entitled “Emerging Contaminants Handbook”.

Ian is a biochemist by training and now works for ARCADIS as a technical expert for assessment of contaminated land sites, evaluating contaminated water treatment options and designing remediation. He started R&D examining the biodegradation of xenobiotics in 1992 working for Blagden Chemicals, ICI and the Defence Science and Technical Laboratories (part of the UK Ministry of Defence) whilst at Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cambridge Universities.

He has evaluated the fate and transport, biodegradation potential and treatment options for  contaminants including hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, nitroaromatics, PFAS, lindane (hexachlorocyclohexane), polychlorinated biphneyls (PCBs), Aldrin, Dieldrin and DDT.