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Knowing vs. Knowledge

GI Joe was wrong!  Knowing is not  half the battle (in environmental work)!  It is barely a tenth of the battle, at best.  There is a lot of confusion in the environmental industry, maybe even misrepresentation of what a company or person is capable of doing and what they are actually qualified to do.  Especially...

Want to find errors in your data? Start analyzing it.

It may be counter intuitive to start statistical analysis on a dataset that hasn’t been fully vetted, but that is exactly what can be done for environmental contaminant datasets. If you can QA-QC them, great. If not, dive right in and start analyzing them.

Three reasons why GCxGC should be used for arson investigations

 

 

 

This month, our team at Chemistry Matters Inc. were able to share some of our knowledge through a peer reviewed publication that was published in a scientific journal called Forensics International.  The paper describes the use of comprehensive two-dimensional chromatography (GCxGC) for fire debris...

Big Data GCxGC Analysis and Potential Applications in Forensics

Having recently joined the team at Chemistry Matters Inc., I am excited to have transitioned from academic science to an industry position that has allowed me to apply, on a daily basis, laboratory techniques that I learned and practised during my undergraduate and graduate studies.

MDC Workshop 2020 Summary

Well, that's a wrap. The 11th multidimensional chromatography workshop held at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii is over. Another year, another MDCW in the books. The conference was niche and almost all the talks focused on two dimensional gas chromatography.

Who invented gas chromatography?

 

 

Gas chromatography (GC) is an analytical technique that characterizes a chemical mixture by separation and identification of the chemical components. At Chemistry Matters, data generated from GC is used in arson investigations, biomonitoring, and environmental forensic investigations. Developing a concise...

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...

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