The North Carolina Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Testing (PFAST) Network is a statewide research collaboration to test for current levels of PFAS chemicals in drinking water and air samples across the state. The Network comprises Principal Investigators from NC State, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte, ECU, and NC A&T who have received NC General Assembly funding through the NC Policy Collaboratory.

The NC PFAST Network was created in response to a legislative mandate and funding by the North Carolina General Assembly to help answer questions about exposure to PFAS chemicals throughout NC. The General Assembly asked that the “profound, extensive, and nationally recognized faculty expertise, technology, and instrumentation existing within the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wilmington, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Duke University, and other public and private institutions of higher education located throughout the State should be maximally utilized to address the occurrence of PFAS, including GenX, in drinking water resources.”

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Executive Advisory Committee

Lee Ferguson, PhD (Duke) – Co-Chair
Detlef Knappe, PhD (NC State) – Co-Chair
Jamie DeWitt, PhD (ECU)
Jackie MacDonald-Gibson, PhD (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Ralph Mead, PhD (UNC-Wilmington)
Mei Sun, PhD (UNC-Charlotte)