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Latest Blog Posts - Air Analysis

Please find below a list of our blog posts, written by various members of the Markes team to highlight interesting topics that have come to our attention, or comment on stories in the news.

Monday, 14 January 2019
Canisters are a very popular method of air sampling, and have long been used in the USA to monitor volatile organic ‘air toxics’, largely for reasons of convenience and historical continuity. They are now also becoming increasingly w...
Monday, 19 February 2018
In the news last week there were eye-catching reports that consumer and industrial products have now overtaken transport fumes as a source of urban air pollution from petrochemical products. Volatile chemical products This investigation, which h...
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Ambient air monitoring? Of course… but TD is used for a lot more besides, and in recent years the scope has been expanding further. Our popular series of Application Guides have long been the ‘go-to’ source of information on T...
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Analytical expert and long-time Markes customer Alastair Lewis has again waved the flag for analytical chemistry by featuring in the 4th series of BBC Two’s highly popular investigative documentary Trust Me, I’m a Doctor. The latest ...
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
A new year brings news from a suburb of Los Angeles,California, where there’s been widespread concern over the health impact of a leak of natural gas.Enormous scaleThis isn’t just any old gas leak, though – it’s on a mass...
Friday, 13 November 2015
Reading my copy of NewScientist as I do most lunchtimes, I was interested to come across a storyabout breath monitoring of pilots using GC–MS.Stories about analytical chemistry don’t often make it intothe mainstream ‘public int...
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Full steam ahead for our analytical chemistry awareness campaign“I’m on the train!” Well, not exactly. But you might have seen us from the train, if you’ve been travelling between Swansea and London over the past week or ...
Monday, 9 March 2015
Have you ever been exposed to poor air quality on a plane? Did you complain?If not, and you’ve been tempted to silently put up with unpleasant smells at 35,000 feet, then perhaps next time you might want to make your voice heard, in light ...
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
In the wake of the exciting news that Markes’ thermal desorption equipment sailed through the lab-trial stage of the US EPA’s assessment of air monitoring equipment, we’re now getting ready for the field-trial stage, scheduled ...
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Getting a handle on the amounts of volatile organic compounds present in the air Speaking as an analytical chemist, I quite happily use ‘parts per billion volume’ (ppbv) to describe concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)...
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