Total Organofluorine (TOF) Test Methods

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TOF test methods analyze for total organoflourines in a sample. Pace® offers several different methods for different scenarios.

Why Test for TOF?

Current PFAS test methods can analyze for roughly 40 compounds. That’s less than 0.1% of the approximately 4,700 CAS-registered compounds classified as PFAS. Testing for total organoflourines can provide a more complete picture of PFAS contamination to support remediation and control efforts.

AOF/EOF

Matrices: Ground & Surface Waters, Wastewater, Leachate, Wastewater Sludge & Biosolids, Soil & Other Solids

Compounds: total fluorine content

AOF (Adsorbable organofluorine) is an evolving method for analyzing total organofluorine in a liquid matrix. The EPA is in the process of validating a test method for AOF, and Pace® was selected to support this method development effort. Similar to True-TOF, this method also uses C-IC instrumentation.

EOF (extractable organofluorine) EOF uses an extraction process but can be used with solid matrices like soil and sediment. Like AOF, a modification is required to remove the inorganic fluoride to ensure accuracy of results.

True-TOF®

Matrices: Ground & Surface Waters, Wastewater, Leachate, Wastewater Sludge & Biosolids, Soil & Other Solids, AFFF

Compounds: total organofluorine

Developed by Pace®, True-TOF quantifies the total organofluorine in a liquid sample without extraction to a carbon media. Without the need for extraction, True-TOF can be a more reliable test than other methods, such as AOF, because extraction efficiency concerns are not an issue. True-TOF is also a low volume test that only requires 10 mL of liquid matrix. True-TOF is one of the methods Pace® uses to analyze for total organofluorine in aqueous matrices. The technology used for this method is combustion-ion chromatography (C-IC) using a novel system where both the inorganic fluoride and total fluorine can be quantitated, the difference reported as True-TOF.

For more details on TOF test methods

TOP Assay

Matrices: Ground & Surface Waters, Wastewater, Leachate, Wastewater Sludge & Biosolids, Soil & Other Solids, AFFF

Compounds: total PFAS, including PFAS precursors

PFAS precursors are a class of PFAS compounds that can degrade to terminal PFAS compounds (i.e., PFAAs) under the right environmental circumstances. TOP Assay oxidizes PFAS precursors, most of which are compounds not currently measured by targeted techniques, turning them into their terminal PFAS compounds that can then be measured. The increase in PFAS measured after the TOP Assay oxidation relative to pre-oxidation levels is a worst-case estimate of the total concentration of PFAS precursors present in a sample. PFAS analysis by TOP Assay is particularly useful in forensic studies designed to identify the source of elevated PFAS levels in all matrices.

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