Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (2016-present)
  1. R. Lohmann, E.M. Sunderland. 2021. Emerging questions in exposure, regulation, and remediation of PFAS. iScience. 24:9. [pdf]
  2. X.C. Hu, B. Ge, B. Ruyle, J. Sun, E.M. Sunderland. 2021. A statistical approach for identifying private wells susceptible to PFAS contamination. Environmental Science & Technology Letters.  8(7), 596-602. [pdf] [SI]
  3. B. Ruyle, H. Pickard, D. LeBlannc, A. Tokranov, C.P. Thackray, X.C. Hu, C.D. Vecitis, E.M. Sunderland. 2021. Isolating the AFFF signature in coastal watersheds using oxidizable PFAS precursors and unexplained organofluorine. Environmental Science & Technology. 55(6): 3686-3695. [pdf] [SI] [xls]
  4. A.S. Young, E.H. Sparer-Fine, H.M. Pickard, E.M. Sunderland, G.F. Peaslee, J.G. Allen. 2021. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and total fluorine in fire station dust. Journal of Exposure Sciennce & Environmental Epidemiology. [pdf]
  5. B. Ruyle, C.P. Thackray, J.P. McCord, M.J. Strynar, K.A. Mauge-Lewis, S.E. Fenton, E.M. Sunderland. 2021. Reconstructing the composition of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in contemporary aqueous-film forming foams. Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 8(1): 59-65 [pdf]
  6. A.O. De Silva, J.M Armitage, T.A Bruton, C. Dassuncao, W. Heiger‐Bernays, X.C. Hu, Anna Kärrman, B. Kelly, C. Ng, A. Robuck, M. Sun, T.F. Webster, E.M. Sunderland. 2021. PFAS Exposure Pathways for Humans and Wildlife: A Synthesis of Current Knowledge and Key Gaps in Understanding. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.  40(3): 631-657. [pdf]
  7. H. Joerss, Z. Xie, C.C. Wagner, W-J von Appen, E.M. Sunderland, R. Ebinghaus. 2020. Transport of legacy perfluoroalkyl substances and the replacement compound HFPO-DA through the Atlantic gateway to the Arctic Ocean – Is the Arctic a sink or a source? Environmental Science & Technology. 54(16), 9958-9967. [pdf]
  8. X. Zhang, R. Lohmann, E.M. Sunderland. 2019. Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in seawater and plankton from the Northwestern Atlantic Margin. Environmental Science & Technology. 53 (21), 12348-12356. [pdf]
  9. X.C. Hu, A.K. Tokranov, J. Liddie, X. Zhang, P. Grandjean, J.E. Hart, F. Laden, Q. Sun, L.W.Y. Yeung, E.M. Sunderland. 2019. Tap water contributions to plasma concentrations of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in a nationwide prospective cohort of U.S. women. Environmental Health Perspectives. [pdf] [SI]
  10. C. Dassuncao, H. Pickard, M. Pfohl, A.K. Tokranov, M. Li, B. Mikkelsen, A. Slitt, E.M. Sunderland. 2019. Phospholipid levels predict tissue distribution of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in a marine mammal. Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 6(3): 119-125. [pdf]
  11. A.K. Tokranov, N. Nishizawa, C.A. Amadei, J.E. Zenobio, H.M. Pickard, J.G. Allen, C.D. Vecitis, E.M. Sunderland. 2019. How do we measure the poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) at the surface of consumer products? Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 6(1): 38-43. [pdf]
  12. E.M. Sunderland, X.C. Hu, C. Dassuncao, C.C. Wagner, A.K. Tokranov, J.G. Allen. 2019. A review of the pathways of human exposure to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and present understanding of health effects. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 29, 131–147. [pdf]
  13. B. Eryasa, P. Grandjean, F. Nielsen, D. Valvi, D. Zmirou-Navier, E. Sunderland, P. Weihe, Y. Oulhote. 2019. Physico-chemical properties and gestational diabetes predict transplacental transfer and partitioning of perfluoroalkyl substances. Environment International. 130: 104874. [pdf]
  14. C. Dassuncao, X.C. Hu, F. Nielsen, P. Weihe, P. Grandjean, E.M. Sunderland. 2018. Shifting global exposures to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances evident in longitudinal birth cohorts from a seafood consuming population. Environmental Science and Technology. 52(6): 3738-3747. [full text]
  15. X.C. Hu, C. Dassuncao, X. Zhang, P. Grandjean, P. Weihe, G.M. Webster, F. Nielsen, E.M. Sunderland. 2018. Can profiles of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in human serum provide information on major exposure sources? Environmental Health. 17 (1):11. DOI: 10.1186/s12940-018-0355-4. [full text]
  16. X. Zhang, Y. Zhang, C. Dassuncao, R. Lohmann, E.M. Sunderland. 2017. North Atlantic deep water formation inhibits high Arctic contamination by continental perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) discharges. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 31(8): 1332-1343. [full text]
  17. L. Yeung, C. Dassuncao, S. Maybury, E.M. Sunderland, X. Zhang, R. Lohmann. 2017. Vertical profiles, sources, and transport of PFASs in the Arctic Ocean. Environmental Science and Technology. 51(12): 6735-6744. [full text]
  18. A. Weber, L. Barber, D. LeBlanc, E.M. Sunderland, C.D. Vecitis. 2017. Geochemical and hydrologic factors controlling subsurface transport of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Environmental Science and Technology. 51(8): 4269-4279. [full text] Link to USGS story on paper here.
  19. C. Dassuncao, X.C. Hu, X. Zhang, R. Bossi, M. Dam, B. Mikkelsen, E.M. Sunderland. 2017. Temporal shifts in poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in North Atlantic pilot whales indicate large contribution of atmospheric precursors. Environmental Science and Technology. 51(8): 4512-4521. [full text]
  20. X. Zhang, R. Lohmann, C. Dassuncao, X.C. Hu, A. Weber, C.D. Vecitis, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Source attribution of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in surface waters from Rhode Island and the New York Metropolitan Area. Environmental Science and Technology Letters. 3(9): 316-321. [pdf]
  21. X.C. Hu, D. Andrews, A.B. Lindstrom, T.A. Bruton, L.A. Schaider, P. Grandjean, R. Lohmann, C.C. Carignan, A. Blum, S.A. Balan, C. Higgins, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Detection of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in U.S. drinking water linked to industrial sites, military fire training areas and wastewater treatment plants. Environmental Science and Technology Letters. 3(10): 344-350. [pdf]


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