Research Fellow

Contact Details

Phone: +61(0)428 532 053
Fax: +61(0)7 3274 9003
39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains, QLD 4108


Sarit has started her PhD research at Entox in February 2010, with a focus on the development and calibration of passive sampler technologies for monitoring emerging pollutants in water. Sarit obtained a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Applied Chemistry at RMIT University, Melbourne in 2009 and has been awarded with the Vice Chancellor List for academic excellence, RMIT 2008 and 2009. Sarit’s Honours research focused on rapid detection methods of triazine herbicides in water using HPLC and FIA.

Research Interests

Trends, levels and fate of emerging pollutants in the environment. Specifically, natural waterways and man-made water systems. Emerging pollutants include; POPs, perfluorinated chemicals, disinfection by-products, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, pesticides and herbicides and natural toxins.

Selected Research Projects

Development and calibration of aquatic passive sampler technologies for emerging water pollutants. An Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project (LOP0883675) in collaboration with the following industry partners:

  • GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
  • EPA Victoria
  • EPA South Australia
  • SEQ Water
  • National Measurements Institute
  • Department of Water, WA
  • Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA)
  • Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services (QHFSS)
  • Griffith University
  • The University of Queensland
  • Water Quality Research Australia (WQRA)
  • Calibrating sampling technologies for halogenated natural chemicals on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. G08 DAAD Research Grant.
  • Collaboration grant between The University of Queensland and The University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. 

Select Publications

Kaserzon, S.L., Hawker, D.W., Booij, K., O'Brien, D.S., Kennedy, K., Vermeirssen, E.L.M., Mueller, J. (2014). Passive sampling of perfluorinated chemicals in water: In-situ calibration. Environmental Pollution, 186: 98-103.

Kaserzon, S.L., Vermeirssen, E.L.M., Hawker, D.W., Kenedy, K., Bentley, C., Thompson, j., Booij, K., Mueller, J.F. (2013). Passive sampling of perflourinated chemicals in water: flow rate effects on chemical uptake.  Environmental Pollution, 177: 58-63.

Kaserzon, S.L., Kennedy, K., Hawker, D.W., Thompson, J., Carter, S., Roach, A., Booij, K., Mueller, J. (2012). Development and calibration of a passive sampler for perfluorinated alkyl carboxylates and sulfonates in water. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(9):4985-4993. 

Kaserzon, S., Kennedy, K., Hawker, D.W., Holling, N., Escher, B.I., Booij, K., and Mueller, J. (2011). Development and calibration of a passive sampler for N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in water. Chemosphere, 84(4):497-503. 

Beale, D., Kaserzon, S., Porter, N., Roddick, F., and Carpenter, P. (2010). Detection of s-triazine pesticides in natural waters by modified large-volume direct injection HPLC. Talanta 82 (2): 668-674.