Identifying Unknown Materials

ESG’s specialist chemistry team provides tailored testing services to a broad range of industries.

Unknown materials and substances found on-site, in products, or during processing can be a major cause for concern. ESG’s highly experienced experts offer individually designed solutions to help you identify your unknowns.

 

Our Services

ESG has established itself as a leading specialist in successfully examining and identifying unknown materials such as solids, solvents, deposits, oils and dusts. We provide key information for failure investigations, manufacturing issues and Health & Safety concerns within a wide range of industry sectors.

Our rapid identification methods allow you the peace of mind that contaminants will be classified swiftly, reducing process disruption.

 

Our testing services are frequently used in the following industries:

 

Manufacturing
  • Foreign objects in foods/medical products
  • Unknown residues on surfaces
  • Machinery problems/failures
  • Unknown polymers
Waste
  • Unknown material deliveries
  • Unknown deposits in landfill
Construction
  • Unknown materials/dusts
Petrochemical
  • Unknown deposits in fuels/oils/coolants
  • Premature failure of fuel/oil filters

 

Client-focussed Approach

Our expert scientists carry out a full client consultation before designing a personalised testing suite to identify your unknown material. ESG employs a diverse range of selective techniques to characterise the sample, including:

  • Optical Microscopy – initial identification
  • GC/MS – Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry
  • FTIR – Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • SEM/EDX – Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis

 

After determining the overall composition of the sample, our scientists document a full interpretive report with conclusions.

 

For further information about ESG and our specialist chemistry services, please contact us.