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Category Press Release
Publish Date 3/22/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Scientists Identify Unknown Materials to Resolve Mysteries and Support Manufacturing Operations
Introduction Advanced MicroAnalytical offers unknown material identification services to detect and categorize unexplained residues, deposits and other mysterious substances.

Salem, NH, March 22nd, 2019

Getting an idea of the composition of a truly unknown material is a common need, yet complex problem. Unlike how Hollywood has portrayed laboratory testing in movies and television series, accurately determining the composition of a completely unknown material is a challenging process. This is due to the fact that in the real world there rarely is a single test that can provide the answers needed. Also, picking the wrong or too specific of a test can yield no practical value, not to mention consuming time, money and some of the sample – which may be in limited supply.

Environmental engineers and property owners are often faced with unexplained residues or deposits of material in soil or around previous construction that is either poorly documented or completely unexplained. Unknown materials can also be an issue in industry, even when efforts are made to tightly control all phases of a supply chain and manufacturing process. Contaminant residues can sometimes be found forming inclusions in manufacturing applications or unknown materials could be in or on source materials and supplies. These are just a few of the many applications where identifying a mysterious material is likely required.

Finding answers and overcoming these challenges, especially given the nuances presented by different sample environments and client needs, is a specialty of Advanced MicroAnalytical. Advanced MicroAnalytical’s materials laboratory offers a variety of bulk chemical analysis using spectroscopy and chromatography methods, functional, physical and electronic testing, and a wide range of micro-analysis methods. Access to these and other tests and methods, along with decades of experience, allows Advanced MicroAnalytical’s scientists to determine the nature and composition of almost any unknown material.

To learn more about this or other material testing and support services provided by Advanced MicroAnalytical, please visit, call (877) 605-6662 or email

About Advanced MicroAnalytical
At Advanced MicroAnalytical we are dedicated to providing you and your business with critical insight and knowledge that is essential in the modern era. We provide the testing services and analytical tools for comprehensive understanding of your materials and projects. Our services range from advanced microanalysis of nanotechnology to compositional and functional analysis of large manufactured systems.  Our laboratory services span a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, micro-electronics, nanofabrication, aerospace and defense, environmental engineering – as well as many others. Advanced MicroAnalytical is committed to serving as a valued analytical partner to our clients. We offer unmatched analysis, testing, and services to assist you in your business, environmental, and research challenges. Visit our website at
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