Investigative Analysis & Support

Forensic/Investigative Chemistry is based on the concept that questions can be answered by examining all aspects of a problem or item including chemical make-up of the failed material with comparison to virgin material; scenario of events leading to the problem or failure; physical condition of the failed material; and any other facts pertinent to the investigation. The information is then combined to provide a picture of the cause and implications.

EXAMPLE QUESTIONS

What is the chemical make-up of the material?  What is this residue on the surfaces of my building?  Why is this metal corroding?Why did this window fail?  Why did this product cause a fire?  What is this odor and what is the source?  Is the air quality in my building acceptable to manufacture my product?

These questions and others are answerable through Forensic/Investigative Chemistry.

LEGEND's unique mix of laboratory and field personnel provide the range of experience necessary to perform Forensic/Investigative Chemistry including: product deformulation, analysis of failed materials/products, identification of unknown materials, etc.

TECHNIQUES
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)
  • Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (EDS)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography/Triple Quad Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
  • Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Ion Chromatography (IC)

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