Environmental Research & Development Group

The mandate of the Environmental R&D Group is to tackle challenges facing our customers, and to embrace opportunities for enhancing sampling and analysis technologies.

Maxxam’s R&D initiatives focus on:
• Increasing analytical sensitivity
• Reducing time and costs for field work
• Improving overall site characterization

These initiatives enhance decision-making processes for environmental practitioners. The R&D Group is committed to working together with clients, regulators, customer service and business development staff at Maxxam to identify R&D needs in the pursuit of new and improved methodologies. This group of dedicated environmental scientific specialists in the Maxxam network of labs is currently working on new and exciting projects in partnership with our clients, universities, provincial and national regulators.

The group is led by Dr. Taras (Terry) Obal.

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ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

Academic Collaborations:

  • New SPME options for water analysis
  • Petrogenic vs. phytogenic PHC analysis in soils

Industry & Government Collaborations:

  • Passive water sampling for metals, PAHs, dioxins and furans
  • Analysis of geosmin and MIB in fish tissue and water
  • Water treatment processes for PFOS and PFOA
  • Hydrocarbon forensics – petroleum biomarker analysis
  • Streamlining analysis options for pesticides in water & soil
  • Development and optimization of LC/MS/MS methods for emerging compounds of concern (PFC/NA/EDC)

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS

  • Large Volume Injection for Improved Alkylated PAH Determination
  • LC Method Development for Elemental Sulphur in Alberta Soils
  • Characterizing polyacrylamide & degradation products in water
    Assessment of petroleum hydrocarbon bioavailability in soil
  • Comparative study of adsorption of PFOS/PFOA by different adsorbents in water

For more information on our R&D team and their initiatives, please contact Heather Lord, Manager, Environmental R&D Group.

 

Environmental Research & Development Group

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Maxxam Analytics Maxxam is the Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies – a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees. Our annual Corporate Responsibility Report outlines our efforts to continually improve our business performance and practices. Its publication is an industry first and an integral part of our commitment to success with responsibility.
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