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Analytical Chemistry

The team of highly skilled analysts in this laboratory work on accurate methods for the measurement of new and emerging chemical pollutants.

Malcolm Reid

There are 204 million organic substances, alloys, mixtures and polymers described in scientific literature. Little is known about the majority, and it is impossible to study all in detail. The analytical chemistry team in this laboratory collaborate with industry, regulators and the international research community to prioritize substances that may pose a concern to the environment or human health. The team then develops advanced analytical methods to detect and measure these substances in the environment. Data generated in this laboratory paves the way for safer use of chemicals, and a zero-pollution future.

The park of analytical instrumentation includes:

  • Liquid Chromatography (High Resolution) Mass Spectrometry . LC(HR)MS
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry – GCMS
  • Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry – pyr-GCMS
  • Combustion Ion Chromatography - CIC

Specific expertise in the group includes the following classes of chemicals and pollutants:

  • Pharmaceuticals and Veterinary Medicines
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
  • Polymers, microplastics and plastic-additives
  • More traditional POPs, including a broad range of PAHs