PFAS in Textiles Conference

May 2, 2024 - May 3, 2024

Register early. Rates increase after April 17.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are everywhere—in the environment and in the news. Join colleagues from across the industry at the PFAS in Textiles Conference on May 2-3, 2024, at the StateView Hotel in Raleigh, NC to learn what the latest research, technology, and legislation mean for textiles.

Register early and save! Early registration ends April 17.

  • Program Schedule
    Thursday, May 2, 2024
    9:00 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
    Dennis Scheer, SST Technology Solutions, Inc., Conference Chair
    Moderator: TBA
    9:15Title TBA, Gregory Blount, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP
    Abstract Currently Unavailable
    10:30Title TBA, Scott Echols, ZDHC
    Abstract Currently Unavailable
    Moderator: TBA
    11:00PFAS Come to Stay─Time to Rethink with Non-Fluorine Finishes, Annabel Pohlmeyer, CHT Germany GmbH
    Water repellent rainwear, stain-free baby blankets, chemical-resistant protective clothing - all no problem, thanks to flourcarbon based finishes. Some of these functional promises can often only be kept by using chemicals that are harmful to the environment and health.
    For many years, fluorocarbons have been used for textile finishes. These very effective chemicals have increasingly fallen into disrepute in recent years due to their persistence in the environment and their toxicological effects. There is an urgent need to stop using PFAS and switch to environmentally friendly and biobased solutions.
    In the outdoor and sportswear sectors, water repellency as protection against rain and moisture is the main focus.
    Thanks to modern polymer chemistry, there are now numerous alternatives to the flourine water repellency of textiles that do not contain any fluorine compounds or substances with carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicity (CMR) effects.
    The future is to invest in environmentally friendly non-flourine solutions!

    11:30Alternatives to Long- and Short- Chain PFAS in Oleophobic Textile Finishes, Kevin Golovin, University of Toronto
    In this talk Kevin will discuss how oil-repellent textiles can be designed without the use of long- or short-chain PFAS. He will first explore how perfluoropolyethers, specifically ones where the longest degradation product is an ultra-short-chain PFAS, can be utilized to generated textiles with performance on-par with the banned, long-chain PFAS of recent decades. He will then discuss how nonfluorinated fabric finishes can repel oils, and specifically show some results using silicone-based oleophobic fabrics. He will end by highlighting the bottleneck in achieving durable, fluorine-free oleophobic fabrics, and also comment on the status of current, nonfluorinated finishes in the market today.
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:30Topic and Speaker TBA
    2:00Textile Finishing Options in the Age of PFAS Restriction, Frank Keohan, Bolger & O'Hearn Inc.
    Textile repellent finishes based on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are under intense regulatory scrutiny for many industrial applications. The PFAS regulatory climate is complex and rapidly changing. Currently, demand for non-military and non-medical products using PFAS-based finishes has been significantly reduced. Replacements for fluorochemical-based repellents have been developed that provide many of the required properties. Their application often requires process variation from standard fluorochemical repellents. The choice of fluorine-free product and application conditions are critical for obtaining the maximum performance from these new PFAS-replacement technologies. The basics behind different fluorine-free repellents, PFAS regulatory issues, and the evolving technology for increasing the performance of fluorine-free products will be discussed. Methods for identifying and analyzing for the presence of PFAS on textiles will also be described.
    2:30Topic and Speaker TBA
    3:30Panel Discussion
    4:30Closing Remarks
    5:00 - 7:00Reception/Tabletop Displays
    Friday, May 3, 2024
    9:00 AMWelcome Back
    Dennis Scheer, SST Technology Solutions, Inc., Conference Chair
    9:15Compliance Challenges with a Chemical Class Approach to Addressing PFAS in Textiles, Taryn McKnight, Eurofins
    There has been a significant volume of legislative activity as it pertains to the exclusion of PFAS chemicals in consumer products, including but not limited to textiles, food contact materials, cosmetics, juvenile products, and more. These chemicals are not yet classified as hazardous substances and are largely protected under CBI. Identifying which PFAS, if any, are present in a given product requires actual testing to be conducted. A lot of which we see reported on in the press, largely from academics who have conducted studies using varied approaches. Although state legislation in the U.S. aims to exclude PFAS from many consumer goods, the laws as written are not well defined and it remains to be seen how compliance will be determined with a chemical class approach. Without a well-defined regulatory framework, ambiguous verbiage in the state laws, limitations on providing representative data for the entire class of PFAS chemicals, and a lack of transparency in supply chains, this is a recipe for significant compliance challenges. This presentation will catalog and reveal the challenges with the state legislative actions, discuss the analytical options and hurdles to be aware of, and provide resources for assessing PFAS in a product or process.
    9:45Understanding the PFAS Problem-An Introduction to the Analytical Toolbox, Zijie "Beryl" Xia, Claros Technologies Inc.
    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are environmental contaminants that have increased concerns globally. PFAS is extremely effective for the application they are designed for: water- and grease-repellency. However, they accumulate in the environment and therefore are now ubiquitous not only in waste streams but also in biological media and living beings. PFAS has been historically used on fabrics and textiles, but human exposure to PFAS through textiles has not been thoroughly investigated. Moreover, the US has no established standard method for determining PFAS on fabrics and textiles. In this presentation, we will discuss some analytical tools and methods for determining the amount of PFAS in fabric or textile. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach will also be included with some preliminary data.
    10:30Understanding PFAS Test Methods, Samantha Shintay, Hohenstein
    Between evolving regulations and diverse customer mandates, suppliers face a daunting task: how to reconcile varied testing requirements. For brands, what’s the right approach to reduce risk and ensure compliance? We’ll discuss the test methods at the root of these questions - and how to create smarter, more efficient testing programs.
    11:00Panel Discussion
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:00Closing Remarks and Adjourn




  • Kevin Golovin is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. His research group investigates coatings, surfaces, and new materials that affect adhesion, friction, wettability, and other surface properties.
    As the Senior Technology Manager at Bolger & O’Hearn, Inc. Frank Keohan has led the development of high-performance fabric effects including repellents, odor control agents, and adhesives for the past twelve years. Mr. Keohan holds a BA-Chemistry from Holy Cross College, an MS-Chemistry from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
    Taryn McKnight, PFAS Practice Leader for Eurofins, has 20 years of experience in the analytical testing industry. Ms. McKnight is one of the company’s subject matter experts on PFAS. With her expertise she provides technical guidance to clients in setting up programs to achieve their project-specific objectives, and to agencies with understanding their analytical options and data usability considerations.
    Annabel Pohlmeyer is a technical manager in the application field finishing at CHT Germany for more than 8 years. She supports her colleagues in “the Americas” in all matters relating to finishing like recipe suggestions, introducing new innovations, and/or global marketing. She is 33 years old and studied Textile Technology & Management at the University of Reutlingen.
    Samantha Shintay builds collaborative relationships with companies all along the textile supply chain through Hohenstein’s testing services and the OEKO-TEX® System. While previously at Nike, Sam managed RSL & Green Chemistry programs, RSL sampling criteria and testing traceability. Sam holds a BS in Polymer & Color Chemistry from North Carolina State University.
    Dr. Zijie “Beryl” Xia obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus in analytical and physical chemistry, especially in the field of mass spectrometry. She currently serves as the Director of Analytical Laboratory and Service at Claros Technologies, offering both standard PFAS analysis as well as customized method development for non-standard compounds and diverse matrices, including non-potable water and textiles. Dr. Xia is an industry leader in PFAS analysis, and is an active member of the ASTM International committee for PFAS method development.




  • Online Registration*

    *AATCC Corporate members please contact Kim Nicholson to receive information on how to register at the discounted member’s rate.

    AATCC MembersNonmembers
    Early Registration
    (on or before April 17)
    Final Registration
    (after April 17)

    Registration cancellations received in writing by April 17, 2024, at the AATCC Technical Center will be honored minus a US$75 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after April 17. Cancellation requests may be e-mailed to Kim Nicholson.



  • StateView Hotel
    2451 Alumni Dr.
    Raleigh, NC

    Cut-Off Date: April 9

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the StateView Hotel located at 2451 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, telephone +1. 919.743.0055. To receive the group rate of US$215.00 make your reservations online. The group rate will be available until April 9 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Once the room block is filled the group rate will NOT be honored.

    A first night’s room and tax deposit are due with each reservation. Deposits may be made by using an accepted credit card. Any changes to your hotel reservation must be made directly with the hotel.




    On Thursday evening, May 2, there will be a networking reception with tabletop displays from 5:00-7:00PM. Each exhibitor requesting display space will be asked to contribute US$500 to the networking reception to cover the cost of the reception. In order to sponsor a tabletop display you must be registered to attend the conference.

    Companies contributing $500 will receive the following:
    • signage displayed during the reception
    • company logo displayed on the conference website
    • recognition during opening remarks

    You may be a sponsor of the reception and not request display space.

    Tabletops will be reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. Displays need to be confined to the surface of an 8′ table. To reserve your tabletop/reception sponsorship please complete the “Reserve My Tabletop” form (blue button above) and return the form to Kim Nicholson. If you have any questions, you may reach out to Kim or call +1.919.549.3535.