GC Analysis

The Gas Chromatography team performs chemical analysis on samples to identify and measure potentially toxic organic compounds. (A gas chromatograph is a piece of laboratory equipment that performs analysis by separating the compounds without chemically decomposing them.) The gas chromatograph pinpoints the presence of contaminants in soil, water and air in very small (parts-per-billion) concentrations.

The unit also performs drinking water testing for numerous public water supplies in the state, ambient air testing, and a number of special projects for University Departments, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and private clients.

Matt Mainprize, environmental chemist, works in the Volatiles laboratory.

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