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Phil Richards

Email: prichards@chemistry-matters.com

Dr. Phil Richards specializes in environmental forensics, and has provided his expertise in environmental remediation projects. Phil received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool and his Master of Research in Environmental chemistry/forensics from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
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River PAHs Characterization Part 3: 2017 – Red Deer Lakes, Sulfur Springs and an abandoned coal mine

This is the third in a series of blogs on river PAHs (Blog 1 and Blog 2 on River PAHs are here). The aim of our investigations is to answer the question “where did the PAHs come from that were present in all of the Alberta and Saskatchewan rivers?”

River PAHs Characterization Part 2: 2016 – Foothills to Prairies

In the first post of this series on River PAHs characterization, I described the background to why Court and I have spent many hours driving across Alberta from border to border to collect sediment samples from the rivers of southern Alberta.

River PAHs Characterization Part 1: An Introduction

For the last few years we have spent a lot of our free time collecting sediment samples from rivers across southern Alberta and characterizing these for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Often driving many hours across prairie gravel roads for a single good sample, it quickly became a passion of quality...

Biogenic Toluene - Where does it come from?

In the first post of this series, I described the basis for how we became involved in determining a method for the detection of a natural, biogenic source of toluene. In this post, I describe how the process works and provide some thoughts on how to conduct an investigation.

Toluene is natural - really?

In 2015, Chemistry Matters Inc. (CMI) provided the scientific support for Nexen at Long Lake during their emulsion release. As part of that role, I pored over data every evening, often long through the night to be able to communicate results to regulators and Nexen management and to put together the next day's...

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