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Kamal Swami, Ph.D.

Kamal Swami, Ph.D.

Director and Quality Assurance Officer, Environmental Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany (1984)

Research Interests

Dr. Kamal Swami is the Quality Assurance Officer for the Inorganic Chemistry section of LINC, responsible for providing quality oversight of routine testing for the sanitary chemistry, asbestos and inorganic laboratories. He is also involved in quality  assurance oversight of testing for trace elements in clinical samples, and supervises the testing of trace elements in water and soil.  Dr. Swami provides analytical support and technical expertise to various DOH bureaus and State agencies responsible for monitoring natural and man-made environmental pollutants.  Dr. Swami is involved with the FDA’s Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) program and EPA’s Emergency Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) Functional Exercises. He also supervises method development for the analysis of various samples (e.g., foods, cloud water, sediments, fish, tobacco, medicines, and aerosol samples) for trace metals using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).

Recent projects include: 

1. Method development for arsenic and chromium speciation in various environmental matrices using LC-ICP-MS,

2. Determination of titanium in biological sample matrices exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles, and

3. Method development for the microwave digestion of foods, cosmetics, and medicines for analysis by ICP-MS and ICP-OES.

Select Publications

Sarkar S, Ahmed T, Swami K, Judd CD, Bari A, Dutkiewicz VA, Husain L.
History of atmospheric deposition of trace elements in lake sediments, ~1880-2007.
J Geophys Res - Atmospheres.
Judd CD, Swami K.
ICP-MS determination of lead isotope ratios in legal and counterfeit cigarette tobacco samples.
Isotopes Environ Health Stud.
Swami, K., Judd, C. D. and Orsini, J.
Trace Metals Analysis of Legal and Counterfeit Cigarette Tobacco Samples Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry and Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometry.
Spectroscopy Letters.
Husain L, Khan AJ, Ahmed T, Swami K, Bari A, Webber JS, Li J.
Trends in atmospheric elemental carbon concentrations from 1835 to 2005.
J Geophys Res - Atmospheres.
10 pp.
Yang KX, Swami K.
Determination of metals in marine species by microwave digestion and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analysis.
Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy.
Swami K, Judd CD, Orsini J, Yang KX, Husain L.
Microwave Assisted Digestion of Atmospheric Aerosol Samples Followed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Determination of Trace Elements.
Fresenius J Anal Chem.