TestAmerica to Address Advanced Analytical Techniques for Explosives Analysis at the 6th Annual EM/DQ Workshop
Benjamin Hicks, Organic Department Manager of TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., will be presenting information on mass spectrometry (MS) technology, utilized for trace level detection of high explosive compounds at the 2009 DoD Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality Workshop. The workshop will be held March 30 – April 3, 2009 in San Antonio, TX.
The presentation will review the analysis of high explosives utilizing high performance liquid chromatography for separation, atmospheric pressure chemical ionization for precursor ion generation, utilizing dual mass spectrometry as the detection mechanism. This discussion will focus specifically on the benefits gained relative to traditional UV absorbance methodology, including the minimization of false positive results, increased confidence in reported concentrations, simplified reporting processes, and associated cost savings.
Mr. Hicks has more than 7 years of experience in environmental analysis. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, and a M.S. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. The Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality Workshop involves participation from the environmental community with DoD focused sites and projects. More information on the conference is available at http://www.navylabs.navy.mil/DoDChemistMeeting.htm.
TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 39 laboratories and 28 service centers. TestAmerica provides innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source and ambient air, aquatic toxicity, explosives, specialty organics, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, emerging contaminants, radiochemistry and mixed waste testing.
TestAmerica affiliate companies include EMLab P&K, the leader in analytical microscopy and indoor air quality; QED Environmental Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of groundwater sampling equipment and remediation pumping systems; TestAmerica Drilling Corp., provider of innovative environmental and geotechnical drilling, and TestAmerica Air Emissions Corp. (METCO Environmental), specializing in air emissions testing. TestAmerica currently employs over 3,200 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.
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