Robust, sensitive instruments for contaminant analysis
From analysis of organic contaminants to detecting contaminants of emerging concern, such as PFAS, our instruments and sample preparation kits satisfy some of the most stringent regulatory requirements in the world. Our broad range of chromatography, mass spectrometry, particulate monitoring, gas monitoring and sample preparation systems can detect and quantify contaminants, including inorganic ions, heavy metals, microplastics, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), hormones and pharmaceutical products in air, drinking water, wastewater, soils, sewage sludge (biosolids), and composts. Our environmental analysis solutions are ideal for government agencies, contract testing and other laboratories that need to detect and quantitate environmental contaminants.
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Environmental contaminant analysis by analyte type
From your research and method development to everyday analyses, we are focused on helping you meet the environmental regulatory and investigative challenges of both today and the future.
We offer a variety of innovative sample preparation, chromatography, mass spectrometry and data analysis products for screening and quantifying known and unknown contaminants.
Our wide array of sample preparation systems, chromatography columns, instrumentation and data analysis solutions help you analyze diverse volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs).
Learn how multiple anion or cation contaminants can be analyzed with unprecedented separation and sensitivity using our ion-chromatography-based workflows.
We offer accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) and high resolution GC-MS systems for general organic analysis and for advanced target compound analysis. We also supply software tailored for workflow-oriented POPs quantification.
Discover our portfolio of trace elemental analysis instruments, including atomic absorption, ICP-MS and ICP-OES to meet your regulatory needs for a variety of concentration ranges and detection limits.
FTIR and Raman spectroscopy solutions can help identify, characterize, and quantify microplastics from a variety of sample sources (bottled water, ocean water, industry waste streams) without the need for a spectroscopy expert.
How can I analyze environmental contaminants in my sample matrix?
Which technology is right for your contaminant analysis?
Environmental contaminant analysis learning materials
Case study: Contaminant analysis in water
Learn how Het Waterlaboratorium in the Netherlands is able to get the sensitivity, performance and uptime they require for more than 250 types of water analysis.
From sample to compliance: Environmental and emerging contaminant methods
Download a comprehensive environmental tips and tricks handbook
Thermo Scientific AppsLab Library of Analytical Applications
Search online by compound, technology, or market specialty for a variety of quick start analytical methods featuring Thermo Scientific products and workflows.
Visit our Microplastics Analysis Resource Center to discover:
- How to quantify and characterize microplastics in soil & water
- A helpful microplastic analysis instruments selection guide
- Applications and citations for sample preparation and analysis
- How to request an expert consult
What data analysis software can I use for environmental contaminant analysis?
Make data analysis easier and faster by streamlining your small molecule qualitative and quantitative methods for environmental contaminants. Now that you have acquired comprehensive, high-quality MS and MS2 data, you need to identify and characterize unknowns and transfer discovery knowledge through to everyday testing.