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Oil and petrochemicals

Throughout the process of drilling for oil, refining petroleum and manufacturing products, the measurement of volatile, semi-volatile and metal components in petrochemicals is important in laboratories, quality control and process monitoring.

Petrochemical testing can extend to trace and ultra-trace level analysis, including purity and component, trace composition, trace contamination, quality control, troubleshooting, and other chemical analysis. Our chemical laboratory can analyze petrochemical products for:

  • Metal contamination such as aluminum, lead and iron
  • Chlorides/chlorine
  • Sulfur content
  • Elemental analysis like aluminum, silica, vanadium, copper and iron Samples that are tested include a wide range of petroleum products from gasoline, diesel to asphalt and bitumen. Others samples include a variety of plastics and polymers derived from petrochemicals.

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Measurement types

Particle size distribution

Particle size analysis in the range 0.01-3500 microns. For nanoparticle analysis see dedicated section.


Morphological analysis of particles in the range 0.5-10000 microns (size, shape and transparency of particles). Integrated Raman chemical analysis with MDRS (Morphologically Directed Raman Spectroscopy).

Nanoparticle characterization

Size, concentration and zeta potential anlysis of nano-systems using light scattering techniques such as DLS, ELS and NTA techniques.

Rheology, Viscosity and Powder Flowability

Viscosity measurement and visco-elastic properties characterization of liquid dispersions, complex fluids and semi-solid materials.

Elemental analysis

XRF provides both qualitative and quantitative information on a wide variety of sample types. It can quantify elements from beryllium (Be) up to americium (Am) in concentrations from 100% down to sub-ppm level.

Phase identification

Phase identification is the most important application of X-ray diffraction (XRD). It is not only applied on powder samples but also on polycrystalline solids, suspensions and thin films.