Determining pollutants in environmental and food matrices requires efficient sample preparation. BUCHI offers a wide range of solutions for reliable, efficient, flexible and safe sample processing procedures in the laboratory workflow to enhancing productivity and quality. 



Let’s dive into the most relevant matrices for environmental analysis.

  • Soil and sediment
  • Waste
  • Water / waste water
  • Air

Soil and sediment

Persistent organic pollutants (POP) accumulate in soil or sediment, where they can remain for many years due to their hydrophobic and lipophilic properties. Accumulations of pollutants can contaminate the food chain leading to exposure to humans; this negatively impacts health by increasing the risk of cancer or reproductive defects. Soil and sediment samples require efficient sample preparation for accurate analysis.



Electronic waste has become a significant proportion of global municipal waste. Electronics can release dangerous substances, such as flame retardants, phthalate esters, lead, or cadmium into the environment. Exposure to these substances can have detrimental effects on human health, and therefore the analysis of waste samples is of great importance.


Water / waste water

Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human right and essential to health. The importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene for health and development is internationally accepted. Water pollution is of primary importance, especially preventing hazardous substances, organic compounds, and other water pollutants from entering aquatic ecosystems.



Air quality is an emerging concern for the human populations’ health, especially in urban areas where anthropogenic activities and pollution sources coexist. Special attention is devoted to airborne particulate matter, a mixture of microscopic particles and liquid droplets present in the air that could get into the lungs and bloodstream once inhaled. Dioxins are halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons formed as by-products of thermal processes that may be unintentionally released into the environment and attach to particulate matter.