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1st NORMAN workshop on analysis of problematic compounds: How can we analyse very polar and hardly-ionisable compounds

1-2 September 2015, Rhodes, Greece

As producers aim to reduce the production of persistent compounds, the number of low molecular weight compounds ending up in the water cycle is constantly increasing. Current analytical techniques such as reversed phase HPLC and ionisation methods cannot sufficiently separate these compounds or ionise all compounds, respectively. Therefore new ways of separation are required to deal with this problem. 

This two-day workshop, organised by KWR, University of Athens and NIVA, aimed to share the information currently available on the analysis of highly polar and hardly ionisable compounds. Both HILIC chromatography and new ionisation techniques for non-polar compounds were discussed. The workshop took place in Rhodes as part of the 14th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST2015: back-to-back to the session "Emerging Pollutants" and the TREMEPOL dissemination event (

For NORMAN members: on 2nd September - Kick-off meeting of the NORMAN Cross-Working Group Activity on Non-Target Screening, was organised by Eawag (same location as for the Workshop “Analysis of problematic compounds”).


Workshop programme

Workshop presentations

Summary conclusions of the workshop