AGAT Science and Technology Talks 2017 (Grande Prairie)

Dr. Phil Richards from Chemistry Matters is presenting "Using an Effective Method for Differentiation, Where Does Toluene Come From?"

The AGAT Science and Technology Talks are annual events that bring together professionals in environmental, energy, industrial and health and safety sectors. The event is an opportunity to learn, discuss and present challenges in the industry.


Tech Talks Brought to Grande Prairie

The talks in Edmonton and Calgary in January and February 2017 were such a success that AGAT Labs will host another one this year!

A third AGAT Tech Talks event will be held at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Grande Prairie, Alberta on March 31, 2017.


Presentation on Toluene

Chemistry Matters personnel presented “Using an Effective Method for Differentiation, Where Does Toluene Come From: Petrogenic Families and Biogenic Loners?”

If you missed his talk in Edmonton, be sure to join for this Grande Prairie event!


Specific ecological niches support the accumulation of biologically formed toluene. The presence of this biogenic toluene in environmental samples can confound remedial investigations of petroleum impacts.

Distinguishing the origin of toluene in a way that is acceptable to regulatory bodies is possible with the application of established arson analysis methodology and forensic data interpretation methods. Chemistry Matters and the AGAT Forensic Laboratory have applied this methodology successfully for the demonstration of biogenic toluene at a number of wetland investigation sites.

This presentation will explain the operation of the method and how it is applied in the environmental field for the defensible determination of the origin of toluene.


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