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Analytical Chemistry Facility – Harpenden Lab

Specialising in the preparation and elemental analysis of soil, crop and environmental samples, our laboratories provide a specialist agricultural analysis service for researchers at Rothamsted Research, collaborators, tenants and external clients.

For the preparation of dry sample materials, our facilities include sample weighing, acid digestion and a wide range of extraction procedures. Our analysis services include: major and trace element determination by ICP-OES and ICP-MS, total nitrogen/carbon, inorganic carbon, TOC and anion analysis by colourimetric continuous flow. With a suite of specialist laboratories equipped with the most advanced instrumentation available; we provide high level performance in terms of speed, accuracy, precision, and reliability.

For more detail on the services we provide, please see our web pages: Analytical chemistry unit | Rothamsted Research

All procedures are primarily aimed at researchers or clients looking for a high-quality service, where precision and accuracy is essential. All samples are weighed not scooped and are performed by a team of highly skilled, experienced analysts.

All procedures adhere to strict Quality Assurance (QA) protocols; the facility follows the Joint Code of Practice (JCoPR) and participates in the WEPAL International Soil Exchange (ISE) and International Plant Exchange (IPE) programmes.