Chemical Testing and Analysis

NCIMB's analytical services department has experience of undertaking a range of commonly requested chemical tests and analyses on a variety of liquid and solid sample types.

Chemical testing and analysis is a key requirement within many industrial sectors, and at NCIMB, our analytical chemists can accept samples of waste materials and effluents, as well as oilfield scales, sediments, soils and composts.

Heavy metals and trace metals analysis

The presence of trace metals and heavy metals in effluents and other waste materials can impact on toxicity, and therefore, testing may be needed to inform the requirements for handling and disposal.

At our analytical laboratories in Aberdeen, we undertake heavy metals analysis, and trace metals analysis to ppt and ppq levels.  Commonly requested metals analyses include barium, mercury, zinc and iron.

Chemical characterisation

Our customers often require characterisation of substances such as oilfield scales and we use ICP-mass spectrometry to offer a suite of tests for this purpose. Our standard package incudes:

  • Barium (Ba)
  • Silicon (Si)
  • Aluminium (Al)
  • Iron (Fe)
  • Calcium (Ca)
  • Strontium (Sr)
  • Potassium (K)
  • Sodium (Na)
  • Magnesium (Mg)
  • Lead (Pb)
  • Zinc (Zn)

Elemental results are combined with qualitative tests to report on the most likely compounds present.

Effluent testing suite

We offer a suite of commonly requested chemical analyses and tests for effluents and oilfield produced waters including:

  • Metals analysis
  • Silicon testing
  • Chemical oxygen demand (COD)
  • Biological oxygen demand (BOD)
  • PH
  • Total suspended solids
  • Sulphide/sulphate
  • Chloride/chlorine
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Acid drop testing

Trusted quality standards

NCIMB is licensed by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and operate a well-established quality management system certified to ISO 9001.

Tailored testing schemes

At NCIMB we pride ourselves on our flexible and customer-focusses approach.

We can source and manage additional services to those listed above, where required, in order to deliver a comprehensive, bespoke, one-stop-shop waste effluent testing package, tailored to your requirements.

Please contact us for more information about the full range of testing available.