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Materials Testing - Chemical Analysis

Haixuan working in the labWhether you are a large manufacturing facility or a small start-up company, timely and precise information about the chemical composition of materials is vital to successful product and process development. The PDC works to support these needs by providing testing of raw materials, process samples, extracts, effluents, and final products. When you work with the PDC, your company gains access to state-of-the-art research equipment and technology, both at the PDC and at other research laboratories on the UMaine campus. We offer fast response times and access to a comprehensive selection of analytical tools in support of your project.


  • Carbohydrate and Lignin Analyses
  • Specialized Extractive Testing
  • Effluent Testing
  • Gas Testing in compliance with ASTM d1945, ASTM d6968 and ASTM d5504
  • Fuel Pellet Testing – caloric value, ash, moisture, and fines content
  • Chemical Analysis by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry

Our in-house gas chromatograph (GC), is used for the majority of our chemical testing. It is not only capable of analyzing substances in gaseous form at room temperature, but also substances that are in liquid form at room temperature. These liquids can be vaporized up to 250 °C and then tested in the GC for a more efficient and accurate reading.

To learn more about UMaine’s advanced research capabilities or to schedule your work, please contact Pros Bennett, Managing Director. When your work is scheduled, please follow the link to Shipping Information and Sample Submission to fill in our Sample Submission Form. If you want us to analyze a chemical in gas form, please see our Gas Sample Submission Form.

To find out more about our organization and how to work with us, please refer back to our Home page. To learn more about landfill gas testing at the PDC, continue on to the Next Page.

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