environmental analytical chemistry Articles

  • The productive environmental laboratory: BSK Labs boosts efficiency with Metrohm IC

    BSK Labs runs a number of environmental laboratories and service centers along the west coast of the US. A total of 70 employees – including microbiologists, chemists, lab technicians, and support staff – make sure that the 200 to 350 samples that come in every week are analyzed. BSK Labs specializes in potable water chemistry, ground water monitoring, storm water runoff, solid waste ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Integrated assessment of runoff from livestock farming operations: Analytical chemistry, in vitro bioassays, and in vivo fish exposures

    Animal waste from livestock farming operations (LFOs) can contain varying levels of natural and synthetic androgens and/or estrogens, which can contaminate surrounding waterways. In the present study, surface stream water was collected from six basins containing LFOs. Aqueous concentrations of 12 hormones were determined via chemical analyses. Relative androgenic and estrogenic activity was ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Solutions - Covering analytical methods and practices

    A smarter way to take a temperature A Northern California lab automates data- gathering and hands the tracking responsibility over to a computer François Rodigari and Kenneth E. Osborn One of many things that environmental laboratories must do is to track and document the temperatures of the laboratory's incubators and refrigerators. This means that the thermometers used to ...


    By Horizon Technology, Inc.

  • Building analytical competence for geoscience students through use of Raman spectroscopy

    Introduction: Traditionally, a geologist's analytical toolkit consisted of a hand lens, rock hammer, acid bottle, magnet, and perhaps a polarizing light microscope back in the laboratory. In geoscience professions, these tools are increasingly being supplemented by field and laboratory instrumentation that utilizes spectroscopy. The availability of newly-developed, lower-priced ...


    By B&W Tek

  • Introduction to Environmental Testing in the USA

    Environmental laboratories practice “applied analytical chemistry” by analyzing samples using a list of potential contaminants to determine how much, if any, of the contaminant is present. These contaminants, the methods used to analyze for them, and the maximum amount of contaminant allowed in the sample are defined by regulation. This paper provides an overview of ...

  • NextGen GIS and the Environmental Database

    Next Generation (NextGen) Geospatial Information System (GIS) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Cold War legacy sites environmental records—spanning nearly 40 years—in the Environmental Database, are managed by the DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM). As key LM assets, these records must be managed and maintained efficiently and effectively. There are over 16 different applications ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • Genotoxicity & Environmental Pollution

     The Comet assay is playing an increasing role in studies to determine possible links between environmental pollutants and DNA integrity. The assay is an ideal biomarker for such investigations due to its sensitivity and reliability in detecting DNA damage and repair. Many research groups use our Comet ...


    By Perceptive Instruments Ltd.

  • Bridging environmental mixtures and toxic effects

    The Biological Response Indicator Devices Gauging Environmental Stressors (BRIDGES) is a bioanalytical tool that combines passive sampling with the embryonic zebrafish developmental toxicity bioassay to provide a quantitative measure of the toxicity of bioavailable complex mixtures. Passive sampling devices (PSDs), which sequester and concentrate bioavailable organic contaminants from the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Integrated Environmental Site Characterization and Analysis: EQuIS in the Military (PDF)

    The seamless integration of subsurface environmental geology and analytical chemistry data with the latest tools and technology for data management and analysis make site characterization and investigation more efficient than ever before. EarthSoft’s Environmental Quality Information System—EQuIS—has been chosen by many military agencies and organizations for the management of analytical ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • Environmental surveillance and monitoring—The next frontiers for high‐throughput toxicology

    High‐throughput toxicity testing technologies along with the World Wide Web are revolutionizing both generation of and access to data regarding the biological activities that chemicals can elicit when they interact with specific proteins, genes, or other targets in the body of an organism. To date, however, most of the focus has been on the application of such data to assessment of individual ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • EQuIS© and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Private Well Testing Act

    Many military bases in the United States have had environmental clean-up programs in place since the early 1980’s.  On some of these facilities extensive multi-stage investigations and remediation projects have generated large amounts of data.  The management and effective use of the accumulated information for subsequent clean-up work is a daunting task unless electronic data ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • Research experiences in microwave-assisted chemical oxygen demand determination

    The conventional COD determination through reflux method, although still much in experimental practice for water and wastewater analysis, is time consuming, complex and prone to a number of errors. A simpler, more rapid, environmentally benign but still precise method would hence be more attractive and is, in point of fact, a pressing need. Contextualised within the concept of Green Chemistry, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Characterization of Polymer Carbon Sieves, Graphitized Polymer Carbons and Graphitized Carbon Blacks for Sample Preparation Applications

    The use of carbons in sample preparation techniques such as solid phase extraction (SPE) and air sampling has been ongoing for several decades. Recent advancements in sample preparation techniques have led to the use of carbons in micro-SPE (i.e., pipette tips packed with particles), solid phase microextraction (SPME) techniques and carbon coatings for both gas and liquid sample preparation ...


    By Sigma-Aldrich Co., LLC

  • New approaches for monitoring the marine environment: the case of antifouling paints

    Protection of ships hulls against biofouling has been a problem since man began sailing the seas. The most common protections are specially produced antifouling paints. These paints could be broadly classified in three main groups, or generations, depending on the technology applied: first generation copper-based, second generation organotin-based, and the new, third generation, organotin-free ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Productivity at the Commercial (or pay per test) Laboratory - White Paper

    Commercial environmental laboratories practice “applied analytical chemistry” by analyzing samples using a list of potential contaminants to determine how much, if any, of the pollutants are there. The data collected may be used by the laboratory’s client to, among other reasons, satisfy a regulatory permit, or for routine monitoring as required by a regulatory agency, such as ...

  • EISC success at United States Enrichment Corporation

    Client: United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) in Paducah, Kentucky EISC’s Analytical Review and Reporting Suite (R & R Suite) lab data automation solution was provided to United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) in Paducah, Kentucky. The R & R Software Systems automated the laboratory analytical process for Metals, General Chemistry, Semi-Volatiles, Volatiles, ...


    By EISC

  • Regulatory atmospheric short and medium range dispersion models in Italy

    Since the (partial) acceptance in Italy of the EU Directive 85/337/EEC concerning environmental impact assessment procedures, there has been a rapid growth in the use of atmospheric dispersion simulation tools, which are also being used in air-quality management plans. This paper describes the state of the art in the development and application in Italy of the short and medium range ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Meeting the Need for LIMS at a smaller laboratory case study

    EMS Inc (Environmental Management Services) offers environmental sample collection, VELAP (Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) accredited laboratory analysis, water and wastewater plant operations, and consulting services to both industrial and commercial clients. By introducing Autoscribe's entry level Matrix Express LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), EMS Inc ...


    By Autoscribe Informatics

  • Rxi-624Sil MS Exceptionally Inert, Low Bleed Columns for Volatiles Analysis

    - Optimized selectivity for volatiles and polar compounds ensures good separations. - Highly inert columns improve accuracy and allow lower detection limits, even for active compounds. - Most thermally stable 624 column available; low bleed, fully MS compatible. While mid polarity 624 columns are widely used for analyzing polar analytes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), not all columns ...


    By Restek Corporation

  • Development of a novel odor measurement system using gas chromatography

    This paper describes a novel odor measurement system for creating arrays of virtual chemical sensors with nonoverlapping responses using ultrahigh-speed gas chromatography with a surface acoustic wave sensor (GC/SAW). This GC/SAW system provides high-resolution twodimensional olfactory images for easy recognition of many complex odors. Separation and quantification of the individual chemicals ...

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