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Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Overview

Complete environmental, radiochemistry, organic and inorganic laboratory services.

In-Depth Expertise and an Experienced Multi-Disciplinary Staff

We offer a wide range of specialized equipment to deal with routine as well as complex samples. Broad-based capabilities:

  • Characterization and identification of all types of materials – metal alloys, polymers, deposits, unknown solids and liquids
  • Phase identification and component quantification of various inorganic deposits by X-ray diffraction and inductively coupled plasma spectrometry
  • Qualification of materials for specific applications and regulatory compliance (process chemicals, IX resins and others)
  • Troubleshooting for cause of failure (effluent toxicity, filter clogging, IX resins, etc.)
  • Lubricating & insulating oil testing and diagnostics for equipment and fluid condition
  • Management of blind and round-robin testing programs geared to generation plant laboratories.
  • Routine testing services, environmental, insulating and lubricating fluids, PCB and others.
  • Special investigations (Hg relay and other failures, insulation thermal degradation, properties of lubricating and insulating fluids; precipitation in process streams).
  • Validation and set up of analytical equipment, development of test methods and quality protocols.
  • Small scale experimental testing of new methods in cooperation with station scientists
  • Laboratory accreditation and operational review services.
  • Trace radio-isotopes (gamma emitters, C-14, H-3, Sr-89/90, alpha emitters) in all types of media including biota.


  • Specialized services for the nuclear industry:

  • Waste characterization for shipping and incineration
  • Characterization of steam generator deposits; PWR cladding deposits
  • On-site support for boiler chemical cleans
  • Material qualification – alloys, lubricants, cleaning agents, IX resins
  • Characterization of unknown deposits and materials
  • On-site training courses for specific methodologies
  • Isotope ratios for neutron absorbers
  • Source term characterization

Qualified Staff

Kinectrics’ analytical chemistry laboratory personnel comprise a number of highly-qualified scientists and technicians. Scientists typically hold post-graduate degrees and have many years experience in chemical measurements relating to the power generation industry, and many other major industries.

Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Facilities

Kinectrics’ Analytical Chemistry Laboratory is a facility designed and built to handle non-active as well as radioactive materials. Adaptable workstations and specifically segregated areas for different work activities (e.g. sample preparation, counting or measurement, waste handling) ensure efficiency and prevent cross contamination. Radiochemical and conventional measurements are performed on inactive as well as on radioactive materials.

Radiochemistry

  • Gamma spectrometers with hyper-pure germanium detectors
  • Liquid scintillation counters
  • Alpha spectrometers
  • Low level beta counter
  • Access to neutron activation


  • Conventional Analytical Testing

  • X-ray diffraction for samples with an activity up to ~10mR/ for phase identification of solids.
  • Analysis of samples in various matrices (aqueous, solid, organic) for metals and some non-metallic elements using ICP-MS and ICP-AES). Most elements present in nuclear power station systems can be measured in non-active and active matrices up to ~100mR/h.
  • Analysis of aqueous samples (including high purity waters such as water treatment plant effluent and moderator/PHT water) by ion chromatography from ppm to sub-ppb levels for inorganic and organic anions and cations.
  • Gas chromatography analysis with a wide variety of columns and detectors (FID, TCD, NPD, mass spectrometry) for the determination of organic compounds in water, identification of unknown oils and other organic materials, low level morpholine, PCB in various matrices and FRF in water.
  • UV-visible spectrophotometric analysis of aqueous samples for high and low levels of ammonia, hydrazine and silica.
  • Thermo-Nicolet Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR) with extensive libraries for polymer identification
  • Full capability for characterization of insulating and lubricating fluids including wear metals analyzer (rotating disk electrode spark source atomic emission spectrometer).
  • Instruments for determining power factor and dielectric breakdown of insulating fluids


  • Accreditation, Licensing and Documentation

    Kinectrics’ Analytical Chemistry Laboratory is licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and can handle samples with activity with medium gamma fields (~100mR/h). Kinectrics is accredited to ISO 17025 by The Standards Council of Canada for many tests, including radiochemical tests. Kinectrics maintains valid permits for environmental and other tests under SCC and 10 CFR 50 Appendix B. Kinectrics is registered under the ISO 9001 quality system and all work is performed under this system unless a more specific quality system applies.

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