Educating the Next Generation of Metals Chemists

UW Bothell, School of STEM

Dr. Hakan Gürleyük, Brooks Applied Labs’ Technical Director and Sr. Scientist, was recently a Chemistry Seminar Series guest lecturer at the University of Washington – Bothell’s School of STEM. On March 13th Hakan led a class of approximately 45 undergraduate chemistry students as they learned about “Speciation Analysis Using ICP-MS”. Visit our website if you would also like to learn more about trace metals speciation, or to receive…

Brooks Applied Labs is on the Road Again…

Dept of Defense Logo

BAL’s Jamie Fox will be speaking at this year’s DoD Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality (EMDQ) Workshop, which will take place May 13 – 16 in Orlando. Jamie will present “An Overview of Sequential Extraction Methods to assess Bioavailability and Mobility of Metals in Sediments.” This workshop is organized by the DoD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup and is for all interested members of the environmental community involved with DoD sites or…

Welcoming a New Baby Girl to the BAL Family!

Ophelia Juniper

On April 10th BAL Project Manager Jacki Aitken and her husband, Keven, welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their family: Ophelia Juniper. Their son, Silas, is excited to be a BIG brother! Everyone is doing great and happy to be home, trying to get as much sleep as possible. All of us at Brooks Applied Labs are so happy for the Aitken family and wish them well as they adjust to life as a…

Selective Sequential Extractions – What to Know

Any time metals are an environmental contaminant of concern, the predictable approach is to look at the total metals concentrations and determine a path forward. Whether it be determining risk due to toxicity, selecting a remediation plan, or establishing a regulatory permit limit, the decisions that are made assuming that all molecular forms of a metal have the same physical and chemical properties can have a number of dire consequences. Elemental speciation should be the first choice to avoid such erroneous and potentially costly assumptions from…

In the News (Again) – Arsenic in Baby Food

Brooks Applied Labs was recently mentioned in a Canadian Broadcasting Company news segment on their investigation into arsenic concentration of baby foods sold in Canada. BAL performed the testing which showed some baby foods contained inorganic arsenic above the US FDA guideline and the EU regulatory limit of 100 ppb. While minimizing exposure to this harmful element is beneficial to people of all ages, it is especially important for infants due to their smaller size and proportionally larger calorie…