Non-Targeted Environmental Sample Analysis: 4 Key Steps



There are numerous substances that may be detected in water and soil samples including contaminants such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), pharmaceuticals, and their metabolites. To identify unknown contaminants present in the environment, researchers use non-targeted analysis techniques including mass spectrometry.

This guide will provide the reader with general guidelines and tips for planning non-targeted analysis, including how to:

  • Plan your sample collections
  • Collect your samples and the devices to use
  • Transport and store your samples correctly
  • Prepare your samples for analysis including; extraction, concentration and clean-up