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Environmental Mass Spectrometry

We have over 30 years of experience in geological, soil and sediment, and gas sample analysis.

The environmental mass spectrometry laboratory has over 30 years of experience in the analysis of soil and sediments, and gas samples. We specialise in the analysis of soil organic matter, pesticides, herbicides, pollutants, microbial and petrochemical lipids, petrochemical and greenhouse gases. We use gas chromatography (GC) to resolve complex mixtures of gases, and volatile and semi-volatile compounds, coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and other detectors such as flame ionisation (FID) and electron capture (ECD).

A range of clean-up techniques can be performed to prepare samples prior to GC analysis such as sonication, Soxhlet/Soxtec™, liquid-liquid extraction, microwave and accelerated solvent extraction (ASE), column chromatography, and solid phase extraction (SPE).

The environmental mass spectrometry laboratory can perform both routine and bespoke GC and GC-MS analysis with integrated liquid and pyrolysis autosamplers, and gas sampling valves. The laboratory can also perform headspace analysis. A range of column types are available for gas, polar and non-polar compounds to provide optimised separation of complex matrices backed up by the knowledge and experience of the technical staff. Appropriate methods can be developed according to customer requirements. 

The laboratory also has LC-MS systems and a thermogravimetric analyser interfaced to a mass spectrometer (TGA-MS). 

Instruments and equipment

Our staff

  • Dr Bill Guthery, Senior Analytical Technician
  • Professor Yit Arn Teh, Professor of Soil Science
  • Cijo Xavier, Senior Analytical Technician

Contact us

To request a quote, or ask us a question, you can complete our analytical services general enquiry form below.

If you’re a Newcastle University staff member or student, you can visit the internal Research and Analytical Services' intranet page.