Chemical analysis laboratories are a critical resource for both material and product manufacturers as they provide essential third party technical data and analysis services that are used to identify the contents, composition and quality of the materials they use in their product development, manufacturing and in-service support activities.

Chemical analysis services to identify the content, composition and quality of materials

Element’s global team of chemists are continually trained in the most advanced techniques to provide a wide range of chemical analysis services. Whether you seek to verify a material certification or to obtain a detailed breakdown of an unknown material, we have the expertise to help you select the proper method for your application and end goals.

Our chemical analysis service range includes:

Material Verification

Manufacturers across all industries rely on material verification services to ensure that the material they are utilizing has a chemical composition consistent with their materials certification documents. Element provides clear and concise test reports that state the results of the chemical analysis along with a comparison to the acceptance criterion (pass/fail). This allows manufacturers to “spot check” material lots and often serves as an investigatory first step for warranties and issues related to in-service failures.

Material Identification

Sometimes, the identity of a material can be completely unknown, due to lost certifications or ambiguity over the material’s origins. In these cases, Element’s chemists utilize their chemical analysis expertise to select numerous analytical techniques and perform advanced data analysis to uncover the complete chemical breakdown of a material. This allows Element to identify any material recovered from the field, salvage unknown material that would otherwise be scrapped, and reverse engineer or deformulate existing materials, products or components.

Chemical Composition Analysis

Our chemical composition analysis teams utilize a combination of techniques to identify chemical composition, determine chemical quality, and identify any impurities.

Contaminant Detection & Residue Analysis

When a residue or an unknown substance appears where it should not, identifying the contaminant quickly and accurately is crucial to correcting any underlying issues. Element’s investigative chemical analysis service teams have a wide range of equipment and techniques at their disposal, including SEM/EDS (Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy), XRD (X-Ray Diffraction), and FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy).

Our Chemical Analysis Techniques

The chemical analysis techniques we use include:

  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy – both flame (AA) and graphite furnace (GFAA) Atomic Absorption
  • Combustion Analysis
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-FID, GC-MS)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)
  • Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES)
  • Positive Material Identification (PMI)
  • Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry (PDSC Oxidation)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • X-ray Diffraction
Chemical Analysis laboratories

Standards We Test To

3-A Sanitary

3-A Sanitary Dairy Testing (No. 18 & 20)

ASTM International

ASTM A90, ASTM A428, ASTM B137, ASTM B154, ASTM B328, ASTM B767, ASTM D149, ASTM D150, ASTM D257, ASTM D276, ASTM D471, ASTM D543, ASTM D570, ASTM D792, ASTM D870, ASTM D896, ASTM D1238, ASTM D1308, ASTM D2124, ASTM D2247, ASTM D2584, ASTM D3677, ASTM D4752, ASTM E34, ASTM E53, ASTM E54, ASTM E56, ASTM E70, ASTM E75, ASTM E76, ASTM E96, ASTM E168, ASTM E203, ASTM E255, ASTM E322, ASTM E334, ASTM E350, ASTM E351, ASTM E352, ASTM E353, ASTM E354, ASTM E415, ASTM E478, ASTM E539, ASTM E572, ASTM E573, ASTM E793, ASTM E794, ASTM E831, ASTM E928, ASTM E1019, ASTM E1024, ASTM E1085, ASTM E1086, ASTM E1097, ASTM E1131, ASTM E1184, ASTM E1251, ASTM E1252, ASTM E1269, ASTM E1356, ASTM E1476, ASTM E1508, ASTM E1545, ASTM E1621, ASTM E1641, ASTM E1858, ASTM E1952, ASTM E1999, ASTM F963



General Motors

GM9500P, GM9501P, GM9504P, GM9509P, GM9514P, GM9733P

Metal Powder Industries Federation

MPIF Standard 42, MPIF Standard 57

RoHS - Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive
SAE International

SAE J471d



Our Chemical Analysis Techniques

Element chemists and scientists utilize a wide range of chemical analysis techniques. From routine OES analysis of an aluminum alloy to comprehensive gas chromatography–mass spectrometry investigations, our experts ensure the proper techniques are applied to your project in order to meet your end goals.

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

Element offers both flame (AA) and graphite furnace (GFAA) Atomic Absorption methods. Learn more 

Combustion Analysis 

Combustion (LECO) analysis is a reliable method for determining the concentration of Carbon, Sulfur, Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Hydrogen in a metallic sample. Learn more

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy 

FTIR analysis allows chemists to use very small samples of a substance to identify and quantify its components. Learn more

Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry 

GC/MS is a combination of two advanced analytical techniques which allow for the identification and precise quantification of volatile and semi-volatile compounds for liquid, gaseous and solid samples. Learn more

Inductively Coupled Plasma

ICP analysis is a powerful chemical analysis method which can be used to identify both trace amounts and major concentrations of nearly all elements related to metallic samples. Learn more 

Optical Emission Spectroscopy

OES analysis is a quick option for determining the chemical composition of metal alloys. Learn more 

Positive Material Identification

Positive Material Identification (PMI) is the identification and chemical analysis of various metal alloys through nondestructive methods. Learn more

Scanning Electron Microscopy

SEM analysis is a powerful analytical tool which uses a focused beam of electrons to produce intricate, high magnification images of a sample’s surface topography. Learn more

X-ray Diffraction

XRD analysis is a non-destructive, analytical technique designed to characterize crystalline compounds and materials.

X-ray Fluorescence 

XRF analysis is a non-destructive analytical technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials. Learn more

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