Investigative Analysis

investigative-analysisFrom unknown contaminants, raw materials characterization, competitor product analysis, process diagnosis, or process development, we offer personalized attention to your special project. Let Dr. Randall Wanke use his 25 years of industrial and academic research experience to bring together QCAnalytical personnel and resources to tackle your scientific inquiries. Call us with your issue and we will clearly explain the necessary steps needed to resolve your investigative analysis.


QCAnalytical Services’ Parr 6200 Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter increases laboratory testing abilities for your special projects. From Thermodynamic, metabolic and fuel testing to hazardous waste testing, ask how QCAnalytical can get accurate results to your unresolved questions.

Motic BA310web

With the addition of the Motic BA310, QCAnalytical Services has increased its capabilities in light microscopy. From particle size and aggregation analysis, crystal morphology, defect analysis, biomass analysis, and microbe classification, let QCAnalytical Services take the first look to examine the biological or physical characteristics of your specimen. Download the Biomass Analysis Spec Sheet here for more information.

What can we investigate for you? Read about a few past Special Projects our testing laboratory has resolved:

Raw Material Characterization

An animal by-product specialties producer anticipated a change in supplier of a key raw material. To insure consistent raw material between different suppliers, QCAnalytical analyzed the anticoagulant powder using ion chromatography to determine citrate and tripolyphosphate the formulation ratios.

Mystery Substance

A municipal water customer blamed the city water department for clogging up the filters on their convenience store soda fountain. The water department was vindicated after QCAnalytical characterized by FT-IR the yellow, pudding-like material to be ion exchange resin fines from the customer’s water purification system.

Tracer Studies

Contact time is crucial in drinking water disinfection. Both a pulse lithium tracer study and a step input lithium tracer study were designed and conducted by QCAnalytical to define the effective disinfection contact time at two locations within the drinking water plant.

Litigation Case

The paint on the side of a pool blistered. One side claimed that ground water had bubbled behind the paint coating; the other contended that improper application and curing of the paint caused the blistering. QCAnalytical sampled the blisters and discovered by ion chromatography that the water phase was pool water and moreover, by GC-MS found residual traces of paint solvent indicating that the paint was not properly cured.