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RUSI 2017 conference (London)

20/Sep/2017

TOXI-triage participated in the Resilience Conference 2017, on 20-21 September: ‘Responding to Complex Threats: Floods, Blackouts,and Hybrid Attacks’.

Paul Thomas presented TOXI-triage in the Session ‘Research Methodological Approaches’ and the TOXI-triage display generated interest in the project.

Inter-laboratory exercise with an aim to compare methods for 90Sr and 239,240Pu determination in environmental soil samples

Abstract
In order to deliver reliable results for a multitude of different scenarios, e.g. emergency preparedness, environmental monitoring, nuclear decommissioning and waste management, there is a constant process of method development in the field of radioanalytical chemistry. This work presents the results of a method comparison exercise aimed at quantifying 90Sr and 239,240Pu in environmental soil samples, with the intention of evaluating the performance and applicability of different methods. From the methods examined in this work, recommendations are given in order to find a radioanalytical measurement procedure, for 90Sr and 239,240Pu analysis, which is fit-forpurpose for a particular scenario.

A rapid and non-invasive method to determine toxic levels of alcohols and γ-hydroxybutyric acid in saliva samples by gas chromatography-differential mobility spectrometry

Work over the first eighteen months of the project has identified metabolomic markers of exposure to pesticides and toxic alcohols. A publication by Prof Thomas's Loughborough group reported identification of the toxic alcohols methanol, ethylene glycol, and 1,3-propandiol, and their metabolites, as well as ethanol in human saliva.

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