Organic Chemistry

The analysis of organic compounds at trace levels of pesticides, solvents, fuels, PCBs and others requires a high degree of skill and expertise. The diversity of organic compound classes must be reflected in the diversity of instrumentation available and in the professionals staffing an organics laboratory.

AGAT Laboratories' Trace Organics laboratory is accredited by CALA for parameters listed on our scope of accreditation, which can be viewed on CALA's website. Our Trace Organics team focuses on the analysis of organic priority pollutants for environmental applications. They also have the ability to perform analysis such as the custom identification of unknown organic compounds in both bulk and trace levels.

Methods of analysis can be developed and validated for performance upon request to the laboratory. Our clients for organic analysis include the government, military, waste managers, landfills, ecologists, environmental consultants, process engineers, manufacturing companies, research scientists, food producers and many more.

For years AGAT Laboratories has been providing high quality trace organic data to meet both provincial and federal guidelines. Through advances in methodology, we are able to meet the low-level detections of thousands of compounds that are required by Alberta Tier 1, BC MOE, CCME, O. Reg 153/558 and the Atlantic RBCA.

These compounds include the following:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols
  • Sterilants (low-level)
  • Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Glycols
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Amines
  • Solvents
  • Naphthenic acids
  • Formaldehyde and Aldehydes
  • Glyphosate
  • Low-level Sulfolane
  • Total and extractable organic Halides
  • Chlorophenolic Compounds
  • Trihalomethanes
  • Oil and grease
  • CBM Methane in water
  • Schedule 11 BC CSR soil vapour compounds
  • Explosives
  • Volatile fatty acids

All of these compounds are available in custom-designed packages to meet your provincial guidelines and detection limits.

Our Trace Organics Experience

Having the ability to deal with a broad range of organic analysis is something that not many laboratories can claim.  AGAT Laboratories' team of scientists Canada-wide are always available for specialty analysis, method development, chromatogram and data interpretation as well as for expert advice on your projects.

AGAT Laboratories' experience includes many projects with analytical work in areas such as:

  • Underground storage tanks
  • Pesticide residues in many applications
  • PCBs for utilities and hygiene
  • Identification of unknowns for waste classification
  • Solvent scans for landfill purposes
  • Organic halide determinations
  • Materials stability studies
  • Organic vapour determinations
  • Product purity
  • Groundwater monitoring