The MBMG laboratory conducts analytical method development and sample analysis in support of research and is licensed by the State of Montana to analyze public water supplies. The inorganic section of the laboratory routinely determines major cations, anions, trace metals, selected isotopes, alkalinity, pH and radon.
The organic section is currently focused on determining acidic compounds, polynuclear aromatic compounds, and extractable petroleum hydrocarbons in waters and soils. Because of recent studies suggesting that hormones and antibiotics are contaminating groundwater, the laboratory capability has expanded to screening for a selected suite of these Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) in waters. All organic compounds are isolated with solid phase extraction (SPE). Low-level acidic compounds are derivatized as the pentafluorobenzylbromo ether (phenols) or ester (acids) for detection by electron capture. EDCs are determined by Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA).
Analytical Laboratory Services
The lab's QA/QC program meets the criteria established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). All data on groundwater are reported in the GWIC database.
The laboratory welcomes requests for research in geochemistry and environmental chemistry. Available instrumentation includes:
Analytical Laboratory Projects
All MBMG projects requiring analytical chemistry services.