Chemistry and Materials Science Seminar
Extractables & Leachables: Exploring the World of Laboratory Plastics
Dr. Elana Novotny, Ph.D.
Physical Chemistry (RIT)
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a large company with the mission to help our customers make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. Part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, located in Penfield, NY, called LPE (laboratory plastic essentials) manufacturers laboratory plastics, such as deep-well plates, tubes, bottles, volumetric flasks, etc. Plastics are helpful as they provide safer alternatives to glass (no breakage), but the extractable and leachable (E&Ls) profile is crucial information to ensure no negative contamination for downstream products. Extractables are chemicals that leach out of the plastic during extreme conditions while leachables are a subset of extractables that come out during regular usage. Regulatory agencies have set guidelines to study E&Ls. These guidelines require a variety of analytical techniques such as absorbance, GC and LC. This talk will discuss these methods and how various analytical procedures can be utilized to better understand the plastics we use in the lab.
Elana Novotny received her PhD in biophysical chemistry from Arizona State University. She spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching analytical chemistry at her alum mater The College of Wooster before moving to New York to be an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. After a number of years in academia, she recently transitioned to be a R&D Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific where she assists with new product development and provides technical expertise on various projects.
Undergraduates, graduates, experts. Those with interest in the topic.
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When and Where
Open to the Public