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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...

BY Court Sandau Data Visualization

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.

3 Real-Life Examples of How Chemists Keep the Science 'On the Rails' During an Oil Spill Response

My last blog post on the need for having a trusted chemist on your oil spill response team created a bit of a stir on LinkedIn with everyone insisting they have a more important role or a role that is of higher priority. Thank you all for the comments and the responses, this is what social media is about!

A Chemist Should Be Your First Call When Faced with an Oil Spill Emergency

When they do happen, oil spills can be nasty, and the company responsible will likely enter emergency panic mode as it responds to contain and clean up the oil.

Whether in the Lab or in the Field - It's All About Chemistry

I was recently at a lunch meeting with a client to re-engage me in a historical project that I worked on many years before but had stalled due to lack of funding. We were discussing the project once again, and it was to begin in short order . . . But, even though I stay incredibly busy with my existing workload, I...

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