Analytical Services Unit

Analytical Services Unit
Analytical Services Unit

Background

Queens University Analytical Services Unit

The ASU was formed in September 1980 at Queen’s University in order to coordinate chemical analyses being performed at the University. This involved centralizing and acquiring equipment over the years for a large variety of tests. Since its inception, the size of the unit has grown to a total of 8 staff with 3 Ph.D's.

The ASU is part of the School of Environmental studies. Undergraduate and post-graduate students visit the ASU laboratories for advice and to perform analyses using ASU equipment.  Work performed by the ASU is charged on a fee per analysis basis. Undergraduate and post-graduate students can reduce the cost of their analyses by assisting with the analysis in the ASU laboratories under the guidance of ASU technicians.

The ASU is accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA), for specific tests listed in the scope of accreditation approved by the SCC.

The ASU also has expertise in the general area of environmental assessment and remediation of contaminated sites. Particular areas where we have specialized skills and knowledge are in on-site analysis, work at remote sites and project logistics and management.

The Director, Allison, and the staff of research associates and technicians are available to assist with chemical analysis and to advise on analytical and environmental requirements and approaches to problem solving. We also work closely with other service groups at Queen's and can direct inquiries to them or incorporate their results with those of the ASU in a single report.