Environmental chemistry laboratories

Our chemistry laboratories have amongst the best analytical facilities in the world for environmental organic chemistry research. 

The primary research focus is the quantification of trace levels of persistent organic chemicals in environmental samples. 

These include air, water, soil and sediment, as well as waste samples and biota. We have a range of sample preparation laboratories, including a positive pressure, filtered air ‘clean room’ to allow sample handling for ultra-trace analysis. We also have state-of-the-art liquid and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry instrumentation, including:

  • High-resolution magnetic sector GC-MS for trace analysis of environmental samples
  • A range of dedicated bench top GC-MS systems for a range of compound classes
  • Single-quadruple and ion-trap LC-MS systems used for analysis of polar contaminants
  • Triple-quadruple LC-MS system used for very low-level analysis of polar contaminants

All these facilities are used in a range of research projects, contract research as well as for Masters taught modules and projects.


Andy Sweetman
Email: a.sweetman@lancaster.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1524 594715