Metal and heavy metal analysis

IPL performs metal analysis by ICP OES (Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy). This is a rapid, sensitive and convenient way to determine concentrations of metals in both organic and aqueous samples. Detection levels are determined by sample matrix.


Sample types include:

   Aqueous          Organic
  Produced Water               Wax Distillates               
  Effluent Water     Gasoline 
  Potable Water     Biofuel
  Waste Water     Turbine Fuel

Metals we analyse include:
  Element                               Element                    
  Aluminium                        Magnesium                    
  Antimony     Manganese
  Arsenic     Mercury
  Barium     Molybdenum
  Beryllium   Nickel
  Boron     Potassium
  Cadmium     Selenium
  Calcium     Silicon
  Chromium     Silver
  Cobalt     Sodium
  Copper     Strontium
  Iron     Thallium
  Lead     Vanadium
  Lithium     Zinc

* IPL employs various analytical methods to test for Mercury and trace Mercury. View our mercury webpage. 

Why analyse for metals?

Metal analysis can occur in various sample types and for a number of reasons.

- Hydrocarbons: Analysis is usually performed to identify the presence or absence of wear metals, contaminants and additives.

- Aqueous samples: Metal analysis is often carried out to check water quality or to quantify contaminants.

- Health and Safety: There is a need for metal testing due to the effects that certain heavy metals have on our health and environment

In a nutshell, testing can be performed to ensure resource consents are met, to find out the chemical composition of a sample and as a problem solving tool to help identify contaminants. Knowing what is in your sample can help determine the potential impact on the environment and consequently on your health.        



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