When petroleum and petroleum-related products are released into the environment, numerous biochemical and physical processes begin to change the composition almost immediately. Given this complexity, a variety of analytical methods have been developed to help customers evaluate and resolve site-specific issues.
Hydrocarbon Forensics is an important field of study related to the characterization of oil, gasoline and diesel contamination in soil, sediment and groundwater. Regardless of the complexity of the situation, Maxxam provides all the analytical tools and support required for a complete and accurate assessment of petroleum hydrocarbon impact.
Maxxam’s scientific experts work with clients to design forensic analytical approaches to identify:
- What contaminants are present?
- What is the source of the leak?
- What is the age and type of oil, diesel or gasoline at the site?
When selecting the appropriate tests to apply to a project, it is important to clarify the ultimate objective of the forensic examination. Maxxam’s hydrocarbon forensic analytical packages have been tailored to various scenarios depending on the type of sample, suspected contaminant, and level of qualitative or quantitative analysis required.
Maxxam’s capabilities include the following:
CCME Petroleum Hydrocarbon Quantification
Analysis of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) can be conducted for both volatile and semi-volatile components in solid, water and product samples.
Gasoline & Light Distillates
Maxxam provides two hydrocarbon forensics tests tailored specifically for gasoline and light distillate contaminants.
Heating Oils & Heavy Distillates
For heating oils and heavier distillates, Maxxam offers several tests targeting semi-volatile hydrocarbons in the C10 to C50 range.
Other Specialized Forensics
Specialized forensics analyses are sometimes required as additional lines of evidence when definitive answers are hard to reach using commonly used tests.
Forensics Consultation Services
Consultation with our Senior Scientists and preparation of a detailed analytical report, signed and validated by one of our Chartered Chemists is available if additional technical support is required.
Please click here for more information about Maxxam’s Hydrocarbon Forensics services (PDF). For technical details, customers can visit our Customer Portal to review our Hydrocarbon Forensics Test Guide and to request a copy of our proprietary Chromatogram Guide.