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Scott Mabury

Scott Mabury

Academic Title: Professor and Vice-President University Operations

Phone: VP Office 416-978-2031

Office: LM 321

Email: Research Email smabury@chem.utoronto.ca; VP Email scott.mabury@utoronto.ca

Research Homepages: http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/staff/MABURY

Photo credit: Steve Frost


Understanding the mechanisms and pathways that determine the environmental fate, disposition, and persistence of chemical pollutants is fundamental to formulating solutions to current and future environmental problems. Currently we are investigating the role that sunlight plays in the "natural cleansing" of rivers, lakes, and oceans via the generation of reactive oxidants (e.g. hydroxyl and carbonate radical). Additionally, we are interested in the increased use of fluorine as a structural component in industrial and agrochemicals. Little is known regarding the influence fluorine has on the environmental persistence of these potential pollutants, or more specifically, on the fate of the fluorine itself.

Photo-oxidants. Specifically, we are investigating the dynamics of the generation and consumption of the hydroxyl (*mical pollutants, and elucidating the resulting reaction pathways. Ultimately, one goal is to obtain a more thorough understanding of the role these, and other sunlight derived oxidants, play in limiting the persistence of aquatic pollutants.

Fluorinated Pollutants. Current efforts are focused on developing the use of 19F NMR as a selective analytical technique for obtaining structural and quantitative information about fluorinated organic chemicals. We can investigate environmental degradation pathways and products directly in an NMR tube without the onerous extraction, clean-up, concentration or chromatographic steps involved with traditional techniques. Future work will focus on utilizing these techniques to investigate the influence of fluorine on environmental degradation pathways. 

Selected Publications

Rand, Amy A.; Mabury, Scott A. 2012 In Vitro Interactions of Biological Nucleophiles with Fluorotelomer Unsaturated Acids and Aldehydes: Fate and Consequences. Env Sci & Technol 46:7398-7406

Lee, Holly; De Siva, Amila O.; Mabury, Scott A. 2012. Dietary Bioaccumulation of Perfluorophosphonates and Perfluorophosphinates in Juvenile Rainbow Trout: Evidence of Metabolism of Perfluorophosphinates. Env Sci & Technol 46:3489-3497

D'eon, Jessica C.; Mabury, Scott A. 2011. Is Indirect Exposure a Significant Contributor to the Burden of Perfluorinated Acids Observed in Humans? Env Sci & Technol 45:7974-7984

Jackson, Derek A.; Young, Cora J.; Hurley, Michael D.; Wallington, TJ, & SA Mabury. 2011. Atmospheric Degradation of Perfluoro-2-methyl-3-pentanone: Photolysis, Hydrolysis and Hydration. Env Sci & Technol 45:8030-8036

Rand, Amy A.; Mabury, Scott A. 2011. Perfluorinated Carboxylic Acids in Directly Fluorinated High-Density Polyethylene Material. Env Sci & Technol 45:8053-8059

Lee, Holly; Mabury, Scott A. 2011. A Pilot Survey of Legacy and Current Commercial Fluorinated Chemicals in Human Sera from United States Donors in 2009. Env Sci & Technol 45:8067-8074.

D'eon, Jessica C.; Mabury, Scott A. 2011. Exploring Indirect Sources of Human Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylates (PFCAs): Evaluating Uptake, Elimination, and Biotransformation of Polyfluoroalkyl Phosphate Esters (PAPs) in the Rat. Env Health Persp 119:344-350