Analytical Tools for Environmental Research, Monitoring and Sustainability

Analytical tools for environmental research, monitoring, and sustainability.

Research organizations, environmental agencies, and industrial producers require efficient and reliable methods to analyze organic and inorganic materials. Our mission at Thermo Fisher Scientific is to help keep the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. We take pride in our leading role in assisting researchers and businesses as they investigate environmental contaminants and develop sustainable products. Our X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry and vibrational spectroscopy instruments provide rapid, non-destructive analysis of many pollutants and help find cleaner materials for tomorrow’s future.

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Air and soil analysis

Laboratory XRF facilitates the analysis of elements from beryllium (Be) to americium (Am) in concentration ranges from 100% down to the sub-ppm-level. XRF offers a rapid means of identifying toxic metals and other elemental contaminants found in sediments, soils, sludge, slurries, and loose powders. XRF is additionally useful in identifying elemental particles in air filter samples.

Microplastics analysis

The vibrational spectroscopies FTIR and Raman excel at characterizing the molecular composition of polymers. When used with microscopy, the techniques are essential for identifying and classifying microplastic particles found throughout the environment.

Alternative fuels

Cement plants, like all other industries, are required to reduce their carbon footprint. One of the options is to replace the traditional fossil fuels to feed the cement kilns with alternative fuels and waste incineration products.

X-Ray Fluorescence is one of the most suited analytical techniques for the elemental analysis of such diverse materials used as alternative fuels before they are qualified for incineration in cement kilns.

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‘Green tires’ that you can actually make

There’s a lot of choice in tire ingredients – natural rubber vs synthetics, silica, carbon black types, reinforcing fibers, compounding agents, etc.  Your next eco-friendly ‘green’ tire has to be one you can also manufacture on the production line.

By simulating a full-scale processing environment in the test lab with a modular torque rheometer and extruder system, you can test the processability of various rubber compounds. View this free application note showing how such a system was used to test rubber compound with different types of carbon black.

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