Sunday, 17 Feb 2019
SCIENCE & TECH

Vietnam establishes another research room for dioxin analysis

Updated at Saturday, 26 Jan 2019, 11:17
The Hanoitimes - Dioxins/Furan is the most toxic compounds in today`s chemical ones. During the Vietnam War, it was known as Agent Orange and caused sequelae on millions of Vietnamese people during the war and birth defects on children of the next generations.
The Center for Research and Technology Transfer under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has been licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to analyze 17 Dioxin/Furan constituents in nine different environmental components.
 
Dioxin analysis room not only serves scientific research but also contributes to environmental quality control. Photo: Thu Cuc
Dioxin analysis room not only serves scientific research but also contributes to environmental quality control. Photo: Thu Cuc 
This is the second dioxin analysis room in Vietnam with sufficient capacity to examine dioxin in the environment, meeting national standards.

With a certificate of eligibility for environmental monitoring services, besides the research task of dioxin, the center conducts dioxin analysis services in the environment for organizations and individuals in need.

This is a new advance, marking the new science and technology service of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

The Center for Research and Technology Transfer has been certified to operate in the field of environmental monitoring with a total of 212 parameters, including surface water, underground water, rain water, wastewater, sea water, substances waste, soil, mud, sediment, ambient air and emissions.

Especially, in the certified parameters, parameters of dioxin/furan in the surface water, wastewater, groundwater, soil, sediment are crucial ones.

Deputy Director of the Center for Research and Technology Transfer Nguyen Ngoc Tung said that due to the high toxicity of dioxin/furan, detection limit of the analysis must be achieved at the level of super stain and detecting dioxin concentration requires modern equipment and highly-qualified staffs.

In response to that requirement, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has invested in many modern analytical equipment, especially high-resolution mass chromatography equipment (HRGC/HRMS) Thermo DFS, Tung added.

The center has sent highly-qualified staff to the US, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore to learn the technology and be trained in analytical skills, Tung stressed.

Dioxin/furan is the most toxic compounds in today's chemical ones. During the Vietnam War, it was known as Agent Orange and left bad effects on millions of Vietnamese people during the war and birth defects on children of the next generations.
Tuan Minh
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