Tom is currently working at the Toxicological Centre as a postdoctoral researcher investigating routes of human exposure to chlorinated paraffins (CPs). A major focus of this research is to develop new analytical techniques for the reliable quantitation of these complex compounds in a wide variety of matrices such as food, indoor dust and consumer products using gas chromatography, liquid chromatography and both high and low resolution mass spectrometric intruments. His research will aim to deliver a human exposure assessment for the intake of CPs via the diet and incidental ingestion of contaminated indoor dust for the Belgian population.
Tom completed a PhD in Applied Chemistry at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 2018. The focus of his doctoral research was to investigate the occurrence and fate of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) in Australian indoor and outdoor environments. Central to this work was the objective of elucidating major pathways of human exposure to the emerging compounds in relation to their banned legacy counterparts. This work was conducted using selective pressurized liquid extraction (S-PLE) and gas chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) analytical techniques.