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Forensic chemical analysis experts

Chemistry is a science that studies the world's most basic elements. It is thus an integral part of several claims arising from the residential and industrial sectors. CEP-Sintra's range of services would obviously not be complete if chemistry was not part of it. Our Chemical Engineering and Chemistry team uses its knowledge and experience towards helping our clients.

When claims arise from industrial processes, failures or contaminations, which can endanger equipment and/or the final product, CEP-Sintra can assist you in identifying the real causes. Proper identification of chemical compounds is needed in many situations. CEP-Sintra ensures that it is conducted appropriately and coordinates the chemical analysis process.

Quality control problems resulting in product rejects and recalls is also a field of expertise where our chemical engineers frequently provide professional opinions.

Our forensic experts leave nothing to chance in providing opinions leading to appropriate solutions.

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

When macroscopic failure analysis reaches its limit, chemistry will, in many cases, enable us to explain complex phenomena on an atomic and molecular scale. This branch of science includes organic materials (carbon chemistry and its natural or synthetic compounds) as well as inorganic materials (mineral chemistry). 

CEP-Sintra's laboratory enables our team to perform chemical analyses with FTIR spectroscopy (Fourier Transform Infrared). Agreements with external laboratories provide access to other material analysis methods such as DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry), TGA (Thermogravimetric Analysis), GC (Gas Chromatography), etc., the results of which can be interpreted by qualified experts within our organization.

These tests allow for the characterization of the material at the molecular level where changes, fluctuation or contamination can lead to premature failures. Here are a few examples:

  • Oxidation or contamination of a plastic component (flexible toilet supply lines, ABS pipes, CPVC pipes, delamination of coatings, etc.);
  • Improper design (composition issues during manufacturing);
  • Inadequate processing parameters (e.g., excessive temperature and/or shearing) which lead to polymer chain scission and result in poorer mechanical properties.

Our experts handle all aspects of the investigation, from site inspection to expert witness testimony in court.Contact our Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Team