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Person Details: Rainer Lohmann

Superfund Research Program

Rainer Lohmann

University of Rhode Island
132 Horn Laboratory
Bay Campus
Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882-1197
Phone: 401-874-6612


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Hazardous Waste Sites

Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

  • Brown University: Nanomaterial Design for Environmental Health and Safety




  • Agerstrand M, Arinaitwe K, Backhaus T, Barra RO, Diamond ML, Grimalt JO, Groh K, Kandie F, Kurt-Karakus PB, Letcher RJ, Lohmann R, Meire RO, Oluseyi T, Schaffer A, Septiono M, Sigmund G, Soehl A, Sogbanmu TO, Suzuki N, Venier M, Vlahos P, Scheringer M. 2023. Key principles for the intergovernmental science-policy panel on chemicals and waste. Environ Sci Technol 57(6):2205-2208. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c08283 PMID:36716264 PMCID:PMC9933528
  • Barber LB, Pickard HM, Alvarez DA, Becanova J, Keefe SH, LeBlanc DR, Lohmann R, Steevens JA, Vajda A. 2023. Uptake of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by fish, mussel, and passive samplers in mobile-laboratory exposures using groundwater from a contamination plume at a historical fire training area, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Environ Sci Technol 57(14):5544-5557. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c06500 PMID:36972291 PMCID:PMC1011619
  • Dunn M, Becanova J, Snook J, Ruyle BJ, Lohmann R. 2023. Calibration of perfluorinated alkyl acid uptake rates by an tube passive sampler in water. ACS ES&T Wat 3(2):332-341. doi:10.1021/acsestwater.2c00384
  • Lohmann R, Letcher RJ. 2023. The universe of fluorinated polymers and polymeric substances and potential environmental impacts and concerns. Curr Opin Green Sustain Chem 41:100795. doi:10.1016/j.cogsc.2023.100795 PMID:37009204 PMCID:PMC1006224
  • Ruyle BJ, Schultes L, Akob DM, Harris CR, Lorah M, Vojta S, Becanova J, McCann S, Pickard HM, Pearson A, Lohmann R, Vecitis CD, Sunderland E. 2023. Nitrifying microorganisms linked to biotransformation of perfluoroalkyl sulfonamido precursors from legacy aqueous film-forming foams. Environ Sci Technol 57(14):5592-5602. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c07178 PMID:36972708 PMCID:PMC1010054
  • Snook J, Becanova J, Vojta S, Lohmann R. 2023. Avoiding artifacts in the determination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance sorbent-water distribution. ACS ES&T Wat 3(8):2355-2362. doi:10.1021/acsestwater.3c00084


  • Gardiner C, Robuck AR, Becanova J, Cantwell MG, Kaserzon S, Katz D, Mueller JF, Lohmann R. 2022. Field validation of a novel passive sampler for dissolved PFAS in surface waters. Environ Toxicol Chem doi:10.1002/etc.5431 PMID:35833595
  • Gluge J, London R, Cousins IT, DeWitt JC, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lohmann R, Miller M, Ng CA, Patton S, Trier X, Wang Z, Scheringer M. 2022. Information requirements under the essential-use concept: PFAS case studies. Environ Sci Technol doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c03732 PMID:34608797 PMCID:PMC8980108
  • Pickard HM, Ruyle BJ, Thackray CP, Chovancova A, Dassuncao C, Becanova J, Vojta S, Lohmann R, Sunderland E. 2022. PFAS and precursor bioaccumulation in freshwater recreational fish: implications for fish advisories. Environ Sci Technol 56(22):15573-15583. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c03734 PMID:36280234 PMCID:PMC9670858
  • Robuck AR, Hudak CA, Agvent L, Emery G, Ryan PG, Perold V, Powers KD, Pedersen J, Thompson MA, Suca JJ, Moore MJ, Harms CA, Bugoni L, Shield G, Glass T, Wiley DN, Lohmann R. 2022. Birds of a feather eat plastic together: High levels of plastic ingestion in Great Shearwater adults and juveniles across their annual migratory cycle. Front. Mar. Sci 8:doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.719721
  • Wilkinson BP, Robuck AR, Lohmann R, Pickard HM, Jodice PG. 2022. Urban proximity while breeding is not a predictor of perfluoroalkyl substance contamination in the eggs of brown pelicans. Sci Total Environ 803(11):doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150110 PMID:34525704


  • Becanova J, Saleeba Z, Stone A, Robuck AR, Hurt RH, Lohmann R. 2021. A graphene-based hydrogel monolith with tailored surface chemistry for PFAS passive sampling. Environ Sci Nano 14:doi:10.1039/D1EN00517K
  • Cousins IT, DeWitt JC, Gluge J, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lohmann R, Miller M, Ng CA, Patton S, Scheringer M, Trier X, Wang Z. 2021. Finding essentiality feasible: Common questions and misinterpretations concerning the 'essential-use' concept. Environ Sci Process Impacts 23(8):doi:10.1039/d1em00180a PMID:34190275 (ahead of print)
  • Hill NI, Becanova J, Lohmann R. 2021. A sensitive method for the detection of legacy and emerging per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in dairy milk. Anal Bioanal Chem 414(3):doi:10.1007/s00216-021-03575-2 PMID:34355253 (ahead of print)
  • Morales-McDevitt ME, Becanova J, Blum A, Bruton TA, Vojta S, Woodward M, Lohmann R. 2021. The air that we breathe: Neutral and volatile PFAS in indoor air. Environ Sci Technol Lett 8:897-902. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00481
  • Morales-McDevitt ME, Dunn M, Habib A, Vojta S, Becanova J, Lohmann R. 2021. Poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances in air and water from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Environ Toxicol Chem doi:10.1002/etc.5255 PMID:34793599
  • Ng CA, Cousins IT, DeWitt JC, Gluge J, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lohmann R, Miller M, Patton S, Scheringer M, Trier X, Wang Z. 2021. Addressing urgent questions for PFAS in the 21st century. Environ Sci Technol 55(19):12755-12765. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c03386 PMID:34519210 PMCID:PMC8590733
  • Robuck AR, McCord JP, Strynar M, Cantwell MG, Wiley DN, Lohmann R. 2021. Tissue-specific distribution of legacy and novel per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in juvenile seabirds. Environ Sci Technol Lett 8:


  • Cousins IT, DeWitt JC, Gluge J, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lohmann R, Miller M, Ng CA, Scheringer M, Vierke L, Wang Z. 2020. Strategies for grouping per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to protect human and environmental health. Environ Sci Process Impacts 22:1444-1460. doi:10.1039/D0EM00147C PMID:32495786
  • Cousins IT, DeWitt JC, Gluge J, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lohmann R, Ng CA, Scheringer M, Wang Z. 2020. The high persistence of PFAS is sufficient for their management as a chemical class. Environ Sci Process Impacts doi:10.1039/d0em00355g PMID:33230514
  • Gluge J, Scheringer M, Cousins IT, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lohmann R, DeWitt JC, Ng CA, Trier X, Wang Z. 2020. An overview of the uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Environ Sci Process Impacts 22:2345-2373. doi:10.1039/d0em00291g PMID:33125022 PMCID:PMC7784712
  • Lohmann R, Cousins IT, DeWitt JC, Gluge J, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lindstrom AB, Miller M, Ng CA, Patton S, Scheringer M, Trier X, Wang Z. 2020. Are fluoropolymers really of low concern for human and environmental health and separate from other PFAS?. Environ Sci Technol 54(20):12820-12828. doi:10.1021/acs.est.0c03244 PMID:33043667 PMCID:PMC7700770
  • Robuck AR, Cantwell MG, McCord JP, Addison LM, Pfohl M, Strynar M, McKinney R, Katz D, Wiley DN, Lohmann R. 2020. Legacy and novel per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in juvenile seabirds from the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Environ Sci Technol 54(20):12938-12948. doi:10.1021/acs.est.0c01951 PMID:32894676


  • Cousins IT, Goldenman G, Herzke D, Lohmann R, Miller M, Ng CA, Patton S, Scheringer M, Trier X, Vierke L, Wang Z, DeWitt JC. 2019. The concept of essential use for determining when uses of PFASs can be phased out. Environ Sci Process Impacts 21:1803-1815. doi:10.1039/c9em00163h PMID:31204421 PMCID:PMC6992415
  • Khairy M, Noonan GO, Lohmann R. 2019. Uptake of hydrophobic organic compounds, including organochlorine pesticides, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and perfluoroalkyl acids in fish and blue crabs of the lower Passaic River, New Jersey, USA. Environ Toxicol Chem 38(4):872-882. doi:10.1002/etc.4354 PMID:30614049 PMCID:PMC6475076
  • McDonough CA, Franks DG, Hahn ME, Lohmann R. 2019. Aryl hydrocarbon receptor-mediated activity of gas-phase ambient air derived from passive sampling and an in vitro bioassay. Environ Toxicol Chem 38(4):748-759. doi:10.1002/etc.4361 PMID:30648756 PMCID:PMC6467651
  • Zhang X, Lohmann R, Sunderland EM. 2019. Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in seawater and plankton from the Northwestern Atlantic Margin. Environ Sci Technol 53:12348-12356. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b03230 PMID:31565932 PMCID:PMC6992416


  • Dixon-Anderson E, Lohmann R. 2018. Field-testing polyethylene passive samplers for the detection of neutral polyfluorinated alkyl substances in air and water. Environ Toxicol Chem doi:10.1002/etc.4264 PMID:30395357 PMCID:PMC6350245
  • Jonker MT, van der Heijden SA, Adelman D, Apell JN, Burgess RM, Choi Y, Fernandez LA, Flavetta GM, Ghosh U, Gschwend PM, Hale SE, Jalalizadeh M, Khairy M, Lampi MA, Lao W, Lohmann R, Lydy MJ, Maruya K, Nutile SA, Oen AM, Rakowska MI, Reible DD, Rusina TP, Smedes F, Wu Y. 2018. Advancing the use of passive sampling in risk assessment and management of sediments contaminated with hydrophobic organic chemicals: results of an international ex situ passive sampling interlaboratory comparison. Environ Sci Technol 52:3574-3582. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b05752 PMID:29488382 PMCID:PMC5863099


  • Halden RU, Lindeman AE, Aiello AE, Andrews D, Arnold WA, Fair P, Fuoco RE, Geer LA, Johnson PI, Lohmann R, McNeill K, Sacks VP, Schettler T, Weber R, Zoeller RT, Blum A. 2017. The Florence Statement on triclosan and triclocarban. Environ Health Perspect 125:13. doi:10.1289/ehp1788 PMID:28632490 PMCID:PMC5644973


  • Lindstrom AB, Bruton TA, Schaider LA, Grandjean P, Carignan C, Blum A, Higgins CP, Sunderland EM, Hu XC, Andrews DQ, Lohmann R, Balan SA. 2016. Detection of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in US drinking water linked to industrial sites, military fire training areas, and wastewater treatment plants. Environ Sci Technol Lett 3(10):344-350. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00260 PMID:27752509 PMCID:PMC5062567
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