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Uploaded on Jul 22, 2011
Prof. Rubinfeld's current research involves synthetic musk compounds, which are commonly used as fragrance additives in soaps, shampoos, detergents, lotions and perfumes. Once used, these products are washed down the drain and into wastewater treatment plants. Because treatment plants are not designed to remove synthetic chemicals, some chemicals are present even in the "clean" water that is discharged from the plant. Prof. Rubinfeld and her SURE students - Chelsea Burns ('13) and Kayla Tripp ('13) - worked to adapt and demonstrate the effectiveness of the analytical methods used to study musk compounds in water and solid matrices. The students then applied these methods to study field samples from aquatic systems in the greater Kenosha area.