Thank you for a wonderful 2017!
2017 has been another busy and exciting year for the Chemistry Matters team.
We continued tackling new challenges like source allocating PAHs from oil spills in rivers or superfund sites in the US, we continued our exploration on natural Toluene with a peer reviewed publication (link below) and presented internationally the IAAI conference in Las Vegas.
Thanks to a great team with great clients, we end the year with many successes. Here are some of the issues we tackled:
In our work with Plains Midstream we will be presenting a data analysis and statistical approach to making sense of site assessment data collected over years for sites. Most historical sites have thousands of data points and multiple sampling events. Our approach cuts through the data to actual analyze what the information is telling you so that the site can be moved towards closure instead of collecting more and more information from another round of monitoring. We will be presenting a case study at the AGAT Tech Talks early in 2018 describing the approach to show how data can be used to provide a pathway to site closure.
We continued working on our river PAH project. This has been a pet project for Phil Richards and Court Sandau since 2012. PAHs in sediments result from multiple sources such as natural erosion, anthropogenic inputs and petroleum hydrocarbons releases. We have spent many hours collecting samples in southern Alberta, combing the literature for patterns and concentrations and developing software to fingerprint, visual and statistically determine these sources. More to come from CMI on PAHs and PAH publications in 2018.
You can read our blog series on River PAHs Characterization project, we've released part one: an introduction; part two: 2016 - foothills to prairies; and part three: 2017 - Red Deer Lakes, Sulfur Springs and an abandoned coal mine.
In 2017 we continued our work on the complicated issue of identifying ignitable liquid residues (ILRs) on evidence collected from wildfires. This issue has not been an easy one. The interferences from natural environments and the combustion formation of more interferences makes the identification of ILRs very difficult. A solution is on its way and we hope to present and publish this in the coming months.
Publication of our Scientific Technique for Natural Toluene
Following our new technique pioneered in 2016 to identify natural versus petrogenic toluene, which is scientifically defensible and also less expensive than other existing techniques in soil and water samples using a unique biomarker approach. In 2017, our manuscript was accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. We hope this publication brings clarity to the natural toluene issue and provides environmental professionals the knowledge and ability to identify natural toluene in their work. Any questions on how this can be done, give us a call!
We're on the Move
This year was another busy year for Chemistry Matters Inc. for presentations at local and international conferences. Some of the conferences we attended include:
CMI is planning another big conference year in 2018 as well presenting on ignitable liquid residue analysis (ILR), PAH fingerprinting and source apportionment as well as new developments in data visualization for contaminated site assessment. These are just some of the conferences we plan on presenting at in the coming year.
Our team continues to grow
Demand on niche chemistry consulting services continues to grow and in order to supply our clients with the expertise they are looking for, we have grown. We are so happy to have added to our team in 2017. Please visit each of the people’s biographies for more information about the expertise they bring to CMI.
Barry Kelly, PhD
What are your goals in 2018? Integrated expertise and response. We are going to great lengths to bring chemistry as well as advanced statistics and visualization to communicate the results more clearly.
Chemistry Matters looks forward to growing our collaborations with more exciting and unique problems to solve. All environmental projects involve chemistry issues, so we love being your go-to chemists for the variety of complex or perplexing issues.
All the best in 2018. Have a safe and fun holiday season, and wonderful new year. Thank you for working with us on our passion for nerdy chemistry projects.