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2019: Year in Review

2019: Year in Review

The monthly Brooks Applied Labs (BAL) newsletter contained many interesting and informational articles over the past year. To start off 2020, here’s a recap of the most popular newsletter pieces from the past year (click on link for the full article):

Choosing the Appropriate Method for Arsenic Speciation
When routine analytical testing indicates that a sample contains elevated levels of arsenic, more detailed characterization is often warranted. Performing arsenic speciation analysis – where specific molecular forms of arsenic are individually quantified – is often critical; however, if you don’t select the most appropriate analytical method, you can end up without the data you need or paying too much for data that is not helpful. {January 2019}

Selenium and Mercury in Fish Collected Near Power Plants
BAL’s data was featured prominently in this journal article where the authors presented a study of mercury (Hg), methylmercury (MeHg), and selenium (Se) in muscle tissue and otoliths from 12 species of fish collected from locations influenced by power plant wastewater. {August 2019}

Rare Earth Elements 
Rare earth elements (REE) exist “hidden” in water and solid materials all around us. BAL has developed analytical methods to support not just trace, but ultra-trace (ppq-level) quantitation of REEs using column chelation paired with inductively coupled plasma triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (CC-ICP-QQQ-MS). {October 2019}

Se and Hg in Fish Collected Near Power Plants

Se and Hg in Fish Collected Near Power Plants

Arsenic SpeciationBrooks Applied Labs’ data was featured prominently in a recent Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal article titled, “Selenium and Mercury in Freshwater Fish Muscle Tissues and Otoliths: A Comparative Analysis”. Authors Robin Reash et al. presented a study where they measured mercury (Hg), methylmercury (MeHg), and selenium (Se) in muscle tissue and otoliths from 12 species of fish collected from locations influenced by power plant wastewater. There were interesting differences between Se and Hg in their correlation between concentration in the tissues and otoliths and ecological/exposure factors, perhaps explained by the different manners in which Se and Hg bioaccumulate. For more information, the full abstract can be viewed on-line. Visit the BAL website for more information regarding the vast array of analytical services available for biological tissues

In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It

Around the GlobeTeam Brooks Applied Labs has been incredibly busy the past several weeks, with conference presentations locally, nationally, and internationally!

Our scientists and technical specialists strive to develop new methods and provide educational opportunities to meet the needs of our current and future clients! Contact us to learn more about any of our services.

Arsenic and Lead in Fruit Juice

Arsenic and Lead in Fruit Juice

Arsenic in Fruit JuiceEveryone knows that too much of a good thing can be bad. But what happens when even a little of a good thing can be harmful?  Consumer reports tested different fruit juices for cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic. The results were startling.  Click here for a detailed description of the juices tested and potential health risks.

Contact us for more information about trace metals and metal(loid) speciation analyses.

BAL is On the Road Again…

EWCPS - Pau, France 2019BAL’s methods are predominantly based on ICP-MS technology so it should surprise no one that the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry is one of the highlights of our year. This year’s conference takes place February 3-8 in Pau, France, and Dr. Nausheen Sadiq will be presenting exciting new research on iodine isotopic ratio analysis in kelp samples. BAL’s Dr. Hakan Gürleyük and CEO Michelle Briscoe will also be attending this year’s conference. Please contact us if you will be attending and you’d like to connect, or if you would like more information about this new method!

Battelle’s Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments will be held February 11-14 in New Orleans and BAL’s  Dr. Stephen Springer and Jamie Fox will be attending. Stephen will be presenting a poster on an exciting new method that he developed for the determination of elemental mercury in soils. Please contact us if you will be attending or if you would like more information about this new method!

ACCBIOBAL’s Business Development Director, Russ Gerads, will be attending the International Conference on Accelerating Biopharmaceutical Development in Carlsbad, CA from February 17-20. Schedule a meeting with Russ to learn more about our novel technologies for not just advancing biopharmaceutical development but achieving greater yield and reducing risk in your current operations through chemistry.

Bioavailability of Mercury in Power Plant Wastewater

Power Plant WastewaterStandard regulatory practices limit the total concentration of toxic metals, such as mercury, when discharged from industrial sources, ignoring the importance of speciation and bioavailability. This can result in dischargers spending more on wastewater treatment than might be necessary for adequate environmental protection. In a new article by author Robin Reash, data from Brooks Applied Labs is used to support the conclusion that by utilizing analyses for bioavailable forms of mercury, such as acid-labile mercury and methylmercury, the regulatory limits imposed are likely overly conservative. The article, published in August 2018 in the SETAC journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, is available on-line here.

Contact us today for more information on our specialty analytical services for the speciation of mercury.