Elena Lendoiro et al., published in Forensic Science International (/doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.03.023) on the use of UCT’s Clean Screen® EtG solid phase extraction sorbent to determine the ethyl glucuronide (EtG) content of drivers suspected of alcohol/drugs driving cases under voluntary conditions. A validated analytical method for EtG was established which had a limit of quantification (LOQ) of 5 pg/mg of hair. It was found that 22 hair samples were positive for EtG where concentrations (20.7-1254.1pg/mg) were higher than the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) cut-off for chronic alcohol consumption (≥30 pg EtG per mg of hair) in 21 cases.Continue Reading
Brazil is one of the largest veterinary markets in the world, and aquaculture, in particular fish farming, is the fastest growing sector of animal food production in the country. In fish farming, antimicrobials, including sulfonamides, are used for the treatment of bacterial diseases. Sulfonamides belong to an important group of synthetic antimicrobial agents that have been used in human and veterinary medicine for over 60 years. Recently, these drugs have been extensively employed in animals intended to produce food for human consumption.
In a recent paper authored by Katia Nunes et al., published in Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry (doi.org/10.1155/2018/4506754), a multiresidue method for detecting and quantifying sulfonamides (sulfapyridine, sulfamerazine, sulfathiazole, sulfamethazine, sulfadimethoxine, sulfamethoxazole, and sulfamethoxypyridazine) and trimethoprim in tilapia fillet (Oreochromis niloticus) was developed and validated using UCT's QuEChERS clean-up products in conjunction with liquid chromatography- mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).Continue Reading
UCT would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Mariem Al Bouwalda for winning the 2018 UCT sponsored "Best Overall Chemistry Performance" in the specialized field of Nanotechnology. Mariem is a student at the Dublin Institute of Technology's School of Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences. She was presented with the prestigious award celebrating student research and ingenuity on February 22nd, 2018.
Once again, on behalf of everyone at UCT, Congratulations Mariem on your outstanding work and we wish you all the luck in your future scientific endeavors!Continue Reading