Event Title

P-30 Analysis of Lead in Canine Hair in Benton Harbor Michigan

Location

Buller Hall 150

Start Date

3-11-2022 1:30 PM

End Date

3-11-2022 3:30 PM

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Description

Exposure to lead has been shown to cause kidney damage, brain damage, and even birth defects. Heavy metals, such as lead, can be retained in the hair as metabolic products during the growth process. Recently animals, such as cats and dogs, have been used as indicators for environmental pollution. The objective of this research was to analyze dog hair obtained in Benton Harbor, Michigan for lead. Ashed hair samples were assessed using Induced Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy to determine lead amounts. This idea could be used to alert health officials to heavy metal exposure in a community.

Acknowledgments

Advisor: Ryan Hayes, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Mar 11th, 1:30 PM Mar 11th, 3:30 PM

P-30 Analysis of Lead in Canine Hair in Benton Harbor Michigan

Buller Hall 150

Exposure to lead has been shown to cause kidney damage, brain damage, and even birth defects. Heavy metals, such as lead, can be retained in the hair as metabolic products during the growth process. Recently animals, such as cats and dogs, have been used as indicators for environmental pollution. The objective of this research was to analyze dog hair obtained in Benton Harbor, Michigan for lead. Ashed hair samples were assessed using Induced Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy to determine lead amounts. This idea could be used to alert health officials to heavy metal exposure in a community.