Chemical Analysis

Chemical analysis is conducted for a wide range of purposes from material identification and characterization to quality control monitoring. In our extensive and well equipped laboratories most of the testing is conducted under our UKAS ISO 17025:2005 accreditation (UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 0013).

Whilst many of our testing protocols are generally run according to standard methodologies (ISO, EN, BS, ASTM, DIN, etc), tailored analysis and testing can be developed for specific applications. Some typical analytes are provided for information below. Determinations can be performed from 100% to sub ppm levels.

We have extensive experience of analysing a wide range of materials including ceramics, raw materials, mortars, metals, polymers, natural materials, waste streams, gas and air monitoring, conformity to legislation, components and consumer products. Data is collected using a combination of instrumental techniques including X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry (ICP) with more traditional analytical techniques available.

Typical applications for these analyses are:

  • Quality control testing - to ensure materials and products conform to a specification
  • Legislative checks - e.g. toxic metals, ROHS, Waste Acceptance Criteria
  • Identification - re-engineering
  • Occupational hygiene - toxic metals
  • Problem solving - contamination, discolouration, corrosion, investigation into abnormal behaviour.

Typical Analytes

  • SiO2, TiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, CaO, MgO, K2O, Na2O, P2O5, Cr2O3, Mn3O4, ZrO2, PbO

Typical Materials

  • Ceramics
  • Tiles
  • Clay sand rocks
  • Mortars
  • Screeds and plasters
  • Electro ceramics
  • Rubbers and plastics
  • Investment castings
  • Gas
  • Electrical components
  • Biomedical materials (including calcium phosphates)
  • Tableware
  • Sanitaryware
  • Natural stone
  • Concrete
  • Building products
  • Industrial ceramics
  • Metals
  • Leachates and waters
  • Soils
  • Waste streams for disposal and recycling.

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