Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry is the branch of chemistry concerned with the properties and behaviour of inorganic compounds. This field covers all chemical compounds except the myriad of organic compounds (compounds containing C-H bonds) that are the subject of Organic Chemistry.

AGAT Laboratories is accredited for a vast array of inorganic parameters for the analysis of soils, sludges, drinking water, groundwater, coalbed methane testing and landfill analysis.

Some of our Inorganic capabilities include:

  • Trace metals
  • Anions (CI, Br, F, NO3, NO2, SO4)
  • Cations (Mg, Ca, Na, K)
  • Micro/macro-nutrients
  • Physical parameters
  • TLCP and Inorganics
  • Cyanide
  • Mercury
  • Ultra low-level Mercury

Metals Analysis

AGAT Laboratories can analyze up to 36 different metals and these analyses are available in packaged scans according to region. Our environmental laboratories frequently invest in the most recent instrumentation for optimal analysis and are equipped with both ICP-OES and ICP-MS instrumentation.

Expanding our capabilities in both Calgary and Mississauga, these locations utilize the ICP-MS ELAN® DRC II.  The innovative ELAN® DRC II completely eliminates polyatomic interferences by using patented Dynamic Reaction Cell™ (DRC™) technology with performance-enhancing axial field technology. Using a process called chemical resolution; the ELAN DRC II eliminates plasma-based polyatomic interferences before they reach the quadrupole mass spectrometer. This instrument allows for the best method detection limits in our soils and waters, to reach those low-level numbers seen in the CCME’s Freshwater Aquatic Life Guidelines.