Chemical analysis

A diverse range of routine and bespoke inorganic and organic analyses.

Sector: Extractive Industries,   The Environment

The chemistry used in these analyses can be used to qualify and quantify organic and inorganic contaminants / pollutants in a variety of matrices including, but not limited to waters, chemicals and soils.

Chemical analysis has many different uses including:

  • Harbour Sediment analysis 
  • Waste Acceptance Criteria testing 
  • Quantifying contaminants in food and drink 
  • Potable water analysis
  • Pesticides and foodstuffs additives 
  • Environment impairing compounds
  • Petroleum industry derived organics

Samples might also come from a variety of industrial processes or applied research projects or be part of a bespoke analysis catering to specific requirements.

The laboratory can also advise on statistical sampling strategies and provide data interpretation in relation to regulatory limits and toxicity.


  • Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Gas Chromatography - Flame Ionisation Detector (GC-FID)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Inductively Couple Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES)
  • Inductively Couple Plasma – Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS)
  • Low Level Mercury Analysis
  • Ion Chromatography (IC), Discrete Analyser, Total Organic Carbon
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

There are also numerous bench chemistry techniques available including spectrophotometry, titrations, chromium speciation, Monier Williams method, ion specific electrometric techniques and Karl Fisher titration.

Specific Analyses

  • Major inorganic anions such as Fluoride (F-), Chloride (Cl-), Bromide (Br-), Nitrate (NO3- ) and Sulphate (SO42-)
  • Total Inorganic/Organic Carbon (TIC/TOC) and Total Nitrogen (TN) content of water samples.
  • Colourimetric analysis using almost any recognised colourimetric technique to determine ammonium, soluble reactive phosphorus and total alkalinity content.
  • PLFA analysis to investigate the bacterial and fungal populations of soils 
  • Pigment composition analysis to provide information on the biomass of waters
  • Organic contaminants from industrial processes (e.g. PAHs, PCBs, PBDEs, POPs, EDCs) for compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Organic additives in foodstuffs. 
  • Characterisation and composition of oilfield compounds and materials. 


  • Shimadzu Total Carbon/Nitrogen Analyser
  • OI Analytical (high salt) TOC analyser
  • Perkin Elmer Optima 5300DV ICP-OES
  • Konelab Discrete Analyser
  • 2 x Dionex Ion Chromatography Systems
  • Agilent 7700 ICP-MS
  • Thermo Trace DSQ and Trace MS GC-MS
  • 2 x Agilent Series 1100 HPLC systems
  • 2 x Agilent 6890N GC-FID
  • 2 x Agilent GC-MS Systems
  • Shimadzu UV-1800 Spectrophotometer

Case Studies

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Chemical compatibility testing of injected fluids with umbilical liners.

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