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PFAS-REACH Publications

Scientists and collaborators at PFAS-REACH study these toxic chemicals to learn more about PFAS in our environment. Check out our publications to read what we’ve discovered to effectively measure PFAS and reduce people’s exposures.

What’s the study about?

   Drinking Water






     Consumer Products


US Drinking Water Quality: Exposure Risk Profiles for Seven Legacy and Emerging Contaminants
  • Arsenic, disinfection by-products, fracking-related substances, lead, nitrate, PFAS, and uranium are legacy and emerging drinking water contaminants.
  • Some drinking water contaminants share cross-cutting themes, like aging infrastructure as a common source or disparities in access to safe and reliable drinking water.
    Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (2023)
Sociodemographic Factors Are Associated with the Abundance of PFAS Sources and Detection in U.S. Community Water Systems
  • In a sample of over 7000 water systems across 18 U.S. states, PFAS detection is positively associated with the number of PFAS sources and the proportions of Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic Black residents.
    Environmental Science & Technology (2023)
Self-Collection Blood Test for PFASs: Comparing Volumetric Microsamplers with a Traditional Serum Approach
  • Results from volumetric microsamplers – also known as the PFAS finger-prick blood test – correlated with standard PFAS blood measuring tools. This suggests PFAS finger-prick blood test may be a promising method to conduct PFAS biomonitoring.
    Environmental Science & Technology (2023)
Presumptive Contamination: A New Approach to PFAS Contamination Based on Likely Sources
How Well Do Product Labels Indicate the Presence of PFAS in Consumer Items Used by Children and Adolescents?
  • Total fluorine (an approximate measure of PFAS as a class) was detected in 58% of 93 sampled children’s products, ranging from 10 to 3660 parts per million.
  • Products with water or stain-resistant labels had more frequent detections and higher levels of PFAS than products without those labels.
    Environmental Science & Technology (2022) 
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Facemasks: Potential Source of Human Exposure to PFAS with Implications for Disposal to Landfills
  • Wearing a surgical, N95, or cloth mask for 10 h per day was not associated with a health risk.
  • PFAS from facemasks accounts for a relatively small fraction of PFAS in landfills and discharge in wastewater.
    Environmental Science & Technology Letters (2022)
Dietary Habits Related to Food Packaging and Population Exposure to PFASs
  • Eating at home was associated with lower levels for five PFAS, and this effect was strong in women.
  • Eating meals from fast food/pizza restaurants and other restaurants, and eating popcorn from microwave popcorn bags, were generally associated with higher PFAS blood levels.
    Environmental Health Perspectives (2019)