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Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab

Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab

The Chemical and Environmental Analysis Laboratory is managed by the Environmental Technologies research area and the IRCC Program. The lab was built in 2012 and is housed within the 440,000-square-foot Aldred Centre. It is equipped to conduct a range of analyses including wet chemistry, spectrometry and chromatography.

Supporting the Development of Clean Technologies

The Environmental Technologies team works in partnership with other ARIS research areas, and with industry, small- to medium-sized enterprises, technology providers and other collaborators to explore clean technology applications.

The lab supports development, testing and verification of clean technologies through chemical composition analysis of water, air, greenhouse gas, tailings and soil.

Facility Highlights

Analysis capabilities include measurements for trace metals, anions, cations, alkalinity, salinity, total organic carbon, total inorganic carbon, total carbon, total dissolved solids, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-VOCs, particle size, and greenhouse gases.

Lab equipment and processes includes, not limited to:

  • X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis
  • Microwave digestion and preparatory systems
  • Potentiometric titration
  • Gas chromatography and mass spectrometer(GCMS)
  • FTIR analyzer
  • Inductively coupled plasma with atomic emission (ICP)
  • TOC analyzer
  • Ion chromatography (IC) system
  • Laser diffraction particle size analyzer

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