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Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab

Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab

The Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab was built in 2012 as part of SAIT’s three-building, 740,000-square-foot Trades and Technology Complex.

Aldred Centre, the building which fronts an entire block of 16th Avenue NW, contains the Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab and the majority of Applied Research and Innovation Services' (ARIS’s) other research and technology development facilities.

Research area and purpose

The Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab is equipped for wet chemistry, spectrometry and chromatography. Applied research in this area supports ARIS’s work, in partnership with industry, to develop clean technologies based on the chemical composition analysis of water, air, greenhouse gas, tailings and soil.

Facility highlights

Analysis capabilities include measurements such as trace metals, anions, alkalinity, salinity, total organic carbon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-VOCs, particle size, and greenhouse gases.

This is facilitated by various types of lab equipment and processes:

  • X-ray diffractometer and X-ray fluorescence analysis
  • Microwave digestion and preparatory systems
  • Potentiometric titration, gas chromatographer and mass spectrometer
  • FTIR analyzer
  • Inductively coupled plasma with atomic emission

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