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PITTCON 2019 Conference Summary

What happens when 14,000 people gather in one place, most of which are chemists? PITTCON happens. I am sure the city of Philadelphia cringed when they heard that that many nerds were gathering in one place and if they did not realize it before, they certainly do now. With jokes about Heisenberg or that alcohol is...

Kid in a candy store = Analytical chemist at PITTCON

Next week, I will be traveling to Philadelphia for the PITTCON Conference. I will be meeting another Chemistry Matters colleague, Michelle Misselwitz there as well. It is not so far to travel for Michelle as she is a resident of Pennsylvania but I will be spending some ever important focus time on a couple of plane...

Receptor Modelling in Environmental Forensics

Environmental forensics investigations sometimes require the determination of which contaminants came from where and how much is from each of the sources present on the site. This is called source apportionment and is a rapidly growing field in environmental litigation and environmental forensics. It is a field...

Why is our conference attendance important for you?

It is not the Belgium beer or chocolate that is taking us to Europe in January. Chemistry Matters Inc. (CMI) scientists are heading off to Belgium in January for the 10th Annual Multidimensional Chromatography Workshop being hosted by the University of Liège.   Dr. Kates and I will both be presenting on the use of...

Compounding Conservatism in Risk Assessment and Air Travel

I was flying back from a conference near Hartford a couple of weeks ago and realized that I had become a victim to compounding conservatism. How is compounding conservatism in risk assessment related to air travel? Well, let me tell you a story.

Science and Oysters

Chemistry Matters Inc. in conjunction with Statvis Analytics Inc. just hosted an invitation only event for select clients at Rodney's Oyster Bar this past week. The informal venue allowed great conversation along with the enjoyment of fish, seafood and raw oysters all while providing some informative science and...

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Preserve your PAH samples for extended hold times

 

 

One of the more common chemical groups that we work on is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). I have worked on them since 2002 when I developed methods to measure human exposure to PAHs at the Centers for Disease Control and have been working on them ever since. Since 2004, the projects involved PAHs and...

Welcome 2018, SME Response Inc.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! I am back after a stay at home and cold (really cold, even for Canadian standards) holiday break. I was able to get some nice time with the family and even got some ski days in. It was quiet on the family front but we were busy on the business and company front.

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2017 Round Up

Thank you for a wonderful 2017!

2017 has been another busy and exciting year for the Chemistry Matters team.

Advice from your chemist - top four things when dealing with your spill into a river

You have had a spill… don’t panic, everything will be fine. Accidents happen. It is what you do next that is important. I have worked on many spills and here are what I believe are four of the most important things from a chemist’s perspective.

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