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      Matt Harden

      Matt is an Applications Chemist at Biotage. In his current role, Matt supports the pre-sales and post-sales team, the marketing team, and clients in order to provide customer service for a wide range of solid-phase extraction and evaporation/concentration systems. Matt also helps to research ways of optimizing the extraction processes used for solid-phase extraction and then develop application notes based on that research. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Western New England University and possesses a Master of Healthcare Administration from Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In his prior role working in an environmental contract laboratory, he was able to experience the first-hand experience in the manual extraction, concentration, and analysis of a variety of EPA regulated methods such as 608.3, 625.1, 8015, 8081/8082, and 8270D among other methods. Matt also has prior experience in application sciences for a variety of other environmental instrumentation.

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      How to plan for dirty samples for both extraction and analysis

      December 16, 2020 at 9:39 AM / by Matt Harden posted in Sample preparation, Solid-phase extraction, wastewater, gas chromatography, SPE, dirty samples

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      When juggling the responsibilities of working in a sample preparation lab as well as working as an analyst, it is very easy to get caught up in a never-ending cycle of samples. There is no situation “more frustrating” then when you have a bunch of wastewater samples that need to be extracted and analyzed ASAP and there is that one sample that is so much more challenging to extract than the others.

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      Overcoming drying and concentrating bottlenecks in the lab

      December 15, 2020 at 11:33 AM / by Matt Harden posted in SPE solid phase extraction, drying extracts, TurboVap, drydisk, concentration, solvent drying

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      Working in an environmental lab requires a lot of concentration, both mentally and for the samples that you are working with. When New England finally begins to thaw and local companies rush to get their samples completed, a bottleneck that is usually experienced is the drying and concentration of so many samples.

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      Common Mistakes in the Lab

      December 14, 2020 at 3:02 PM / by Matt Harden posted in GLP, contract lab, good lab practice, analytical testing lab

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      When working in a contract lab or any analytical testing lab, you may be prone to periods where it seems like there is never going to be a light at the end of the tunnel, as the samples just keep on coming in.

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      Automating EPH Fractionation in the Lab

      December 10, 2020 at 3:41 PM / by Matt Harden posted in Fractionation, EPH, extractable petroleum hydrocarbons

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      Anyone familiar with Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) methods such as those developed by Massachusetts DEP, New Jersey DEP, or one of the other various state agencies that regulate EPHs is familiar with the long and grueling process of fractionation.

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      What are the differences between EPA Method 533 vs 537.1?

      December 7, 2020 at 2:02 PM / by Matt Harden posted in SPE solid phase extraction, Solid-phase extraction, EPA Method 537.1, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS, EPA Method 533, Drinking water

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      Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of harmful organic compounds that are very persistent in structure. What this means is PFAS compounds accumulate in the environment over time as they do not break down easily. This makes it a concern to regulate and test these compounds as they have been shown to have adverse effects. One of the most common ways that someone would come in contact with PFAS is through drinking water.

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      EPH Fractionation & Bottlenecks in the Laboratory

      December 7, 2020 at 1:38 PM / by Matt Harden posted in EPA Method, Fractionation

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      Anyone familiar with EPH methods such as those developed by the Massachusetts or New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is familiar with the long and grueling process of fractionation.

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