Analytical Laboratory

The Analytical Laboratory (lab) provides analytical chemistry support to the Natural Resource Sector on a cost recovery basis. 

The lab conducts routine chemical, physical and biological analyses on soil, water and vegetation. The lab also conducts specialized analyses and analytical method development in support of research projects. 

The lab’s clients are within government, research collaborators within universities and the private sector. 

Instrumental techniques in use at the lab include: ICP-MS and ICP-OES spectrometers for trace metal analyses; combustion analyzers for total carbon, nitrogen and sulphur; liquid chromatographs with multiple detectors for anion and organic compound analyses; gas chromatographs with multiple detectors for organic analyses; and colorimetric, UV or IR auto-analyzers for inorganic analyses.  The lab can also conduct water retention and texture analyses on soils and dendrochronology measurements on tree core samples.

The lab conducts analyses on more than 30,000 samples per year and has been operating for over 30 years. The laboratory is proud of its data quality, technical expertise and flexibility to customize its services to meet the needs of its clients.

Review the analyses that the lab provides: