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Overcoming Common Challenges in Waste & Surface Waters Analysis

May 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Event Overview:

Laboratories performing wastewater, surface water, and effluent testing contend with a multitude of demands:

  • Analyzing a diverse range of contaminants, which mandates a variety of methods and techniques while managing a large volume of samples
  • Balancing high throughputs, low instrument downtime with high sensitivity and reliable results

A “one size fits all” approach may not be the best solution for your laboratory.  The correct analytical technique coupled with the proper sample preparation technique can streamline your wastewater analyses and ultimately improve your profitability, operating margins and efficiency.  Examining these new advances and how they can bring significant return on investment (ROI) for modernizing your laboratory will be discussed.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about new technological advances in mature techniques for inorganic constituents in surface and waste waters
  • Gain insights on best practices to reduce reruns and improve sample throughput
  • Discover invaluable approaches to deal with the challenges of interferences from complex wastewater matrices
  • Address how to analyze both high and low concentration elements simultaneously
  • Expand understanding of stay-clean technology in the newest GC–MS approaches
  • Learn specific injector techniques for organic contaminants that enhance sample recovery and reporting limits
  • Find out about new organic detectors that extend dynamic range and how to optimize them for use with alternative carrier gases

Who Should Attend:

  • Laboratory technicians who perform waste and surface water analyses for their clients
  • Water quality scientists or chemists working with public water supplies or water treatment facilities
  • Academia research scientists, chemists or laboratory department managers analyzing waste or surface water quality trends
  • Laboratory managers and directors who are tasked with improving productivity and profit margins for the lab operations they oversee


Ruth Wolf
Principal Field Application Scientist, Atomic/Mass Spectroscopy
PerkinElmer, Inc.


Ruth has 20 years’ experience working as an analytical chemist in a variety of fields including environmental and geochemical analysis, analytical methods development, instrumentation development, and technical sales and marketing. She returned to PerkinElmer, Inc., as a Senior Field Application Scientist in 2016 after spending 12 years at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a Research Chemist. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.


Lee Marotta
Principal Field Application Scientist, Gas Chromatography
PerkinElmer, Inc.


Lee Marotta is a Principal Field Application Scientist with PerkinElmer. She started her career at Exxon Corporate Research as a chromatographer. Since Exxon, Lee has over 25 years’ experience as a field application scientist with PerkinElmer. She focuses on the petroleum and environmental industries, engaging with customers to understanding their challenges and requirements to ultimately help them realize success. She has a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Rutgers University.