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Particle Testing- Particulate Micro Analysis (PMA)

Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/8/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Particle Emission Analysis from Power Generators and Industrial Burners
Introduction Advanced MicroAnalytical offers particle emission and other testing and support services to analyze the impact on surrounding environments and communities due to the use of power generators and industrial burners.

Salem, NH, July 8th, 2019

Across the nation there are countless power generators and industrial burners used to create electricity or thermal energy for chemical and other industrial processes. In areas adjacent to these facilities, there can be environmental concerns and people who are sensitive to exposure issues from particle emissions.

For companies, regulators and communities concerned about environmental and exposure issues, Advanced MicroAnalytical offers analytical services to determine the environmental impact created via by-products from power generators and industrial burners. For this type of impact investigation, Advanced MicroAnalytical provides particle identification to differentiate various soot and ash materials from other environmental dust particles. The size, morphology and chemical composition of the particles can be documented with a combination of light and electron microscopy to identify the source of emissions. Advanced MicroAnalytical also conducts particle size distribution analysis of various burner residue types, high-volume filter analysis to assess the long-term impact at a specific site, mass fraction analysis of mixtures for quantitative analysis, as well as examination of coal ash and other anthropogenic materials in soil.

Analytical services include, but are not limited to:

  • Industrial Burner Residue: Particulate Micro Analysis identifies soot associated with industrial burner residues and differentiates from home heating sources or other black materials.
  • Particle Size Analysis (PSA) by Direct Examination: Examines the size of residues to check migration patterns as well as to examine filter and scrubber efficiency.
  • High-Volume Filter Analysis: This tests high-volume filters to determine quantitative loading of different materials at a specific site for insight into deposition patterns and timelines.
  • Stack Residue Material Analysis: This provides analysis of solid residues to determine source of build-up in a stack, filter or scrubber.
  • Coal Ash Analysis of Soil (Plus Lead Sourcing): Analyzes anthropogenic materials in soil for environmental monitoring and sourcing purposes. Analyzing lead (Pb) allows for the differentiation of paint, ash or other industrial sources.

Through testing, plant operators, regulators and community members in areas where these types of facilities operate can gain valuable knowledge about the impact of residues along with insight into the exact properties of problematic emissions.

To learn more about particle emission analysis or other environmental, material testing, engineering 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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