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Characterising Unknowns: Behind the Scenes of Chemical Investigation

Characterising Unknowns: Behind the Scenes of Chemical Investigation

It’s amazing what can be found on the UK’s railways and when there are issues, they are not always easy to identify. Paul Walker, senior development specialist, takes us behind the scenes of the specialist chemistry laboratory, to discover the secret behind the characterisation of unknown materials.…

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Solving Mysteries on the Railways with Chemical Analysis

Solving Mysteries on the Railways with Chemical Analysis

SOCOTEC’s chemical analysis team regularly helps our rail clients identify unknown materials found on the tracks, in depots or even on board trains. Unknown substances can be a major cause of concern, often leading to the appearance of mysterious deposits, residue build-up or mechanical failures. Paul Walker, the Sherlock Holmes of the specialist chemistry laboratory, reflects on some of the cases he has cracked for the rail industry.…

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Could Urgent Action on POPs Save the Polar Bear?

Could Urgent Action on POPs Save the Polar Bear?

Cute, beautiful and majestic, polar bears will have graced the front of Christmas cards on many a mantel piece over the recent festive period, but endangered can now be added to the adjectives that we use to describe these stunning animals. At the top of the arctic food chain, polar bears are faced with an increasing list of threats to their survival, with one of the most pressing being persistent organic pollutants. In his latest blog Paul Walker, senior development specialist, Specialist Chemistry, at SOCOTEC, describes what duty holders can do to limit the risk of POPs.…

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What Do 3G Pitches Really Contain?

What Do 3G Pitches Really Contain?

Did you catch BBC’s The One Show last night? If you tuned in you will have seen Paul Walker, senior development specialist, Energy & Waste Services, SOCOTEC, discussing the health concerns surrounding the popular 3G sports pitches. Here, Paul explains what he found when he tested the black rubber crumb in our chemical analysis laboratory.…

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The Importance of Specialist Chemical Analysis

The Importance of Specialist Chemical Analysis

SOCOTEC provides a range of specialist chemistry services and tests, including ICP analysis, BTEX testing, air quality analysis and metal testing. SOCOTEC’s Becky Batham, explains the importance of chemical analysis to both the environment and public safety.…

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At The Cutting Edge of Specialist Chemical Analysis

At The Cutting Edge of Specialist Chemical Analysis

SOCOTEC provides a range of chemical analysis services and tests, including ICP analysis, BTEX testing, air quality analysis, FTIR analysis and metal testing. In this blog, Paul Walker, technical specialist, Infrastructure & Energy Services, describes one of the more unusual cases to come through the laboratory doors.…

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