Heinz J. Huber, Ph.D.

RJ Lee Group Blog Author Heinz J. Huber, Ph.D.

Dr. Heinz Huber is Senior Project Manager in particular for projects related to PTR-MS and the Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratory (CBAL). This includes the startup of the Hanford tank farm vapor monitoring support by RJ Lee Group and the initiation of a study connecting Washington State Universities’ Laboratory for Air Research (WSU LAR) with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Ecology to identify sources of ozone precursors within the Eastern Washington State area. He is the former Laboratory Manager of CBAL in charge of day-to-day operations of a highly accredited (AIHA, DOECAP) laboratory with a radiological license. His main focus was operations optimization, proposal preparation, contractual compliance and identifying solutions to unique analytical customer problems. Heinz was also the Radiation Safety Officer of the laboratory.

He holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Technology, Vienna, Austria with specialization in Radiochemistry, as well as a doctorate from the University of Vienna, Austria in Geochemistry.

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A New Chapter of Air Quality Monitoring Has Begun…

June 5, 2018

RJ Lee Group is proud to announce our newest teaming partner, Montrose Environmental Group. Montrose is a strategic partner for the environmental analytical services market helping to scientifically validate Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) as an in-field technique. The company has a longstanding tradition in environmental measurement and analytical services including chemistry and toxicology capabilities provided through both mobile and advanced stationary laboratories. Headquartered in Irvine CA, with over 50 offices nationwide, Montrose provides the perfect infrastructure to test and validate our best-in class continuous monitoring technique – PTR-MS.

RJ Lee Group has years of expertise of in-field measurements using the mobile laboratory with a PTR-MS and other real-time analytical devices; several case studies were performed to provide proof of principles, and for the last two years, RJ Lee Group has been performing continuous real-time vapor analyses using said mobile lab on the DOE Hanford site. This expertise has led to the partnership with Montrose. The two companies match very well in terms of approach to solving analytical problems, as well as the willingness and ability to explore new technologies.

Recent changes in EPA regulations and continuous increases in detection limits for laboratory instrumentation have resulted in an increased demand for high-end real-time analyses in the field. The first joint project related to exploratory testing in an industrial field-study by using FTIR and PTR-MS in tandem. A team of stack sampling experts from Montrose together with scientists from RJ Lee Group and TraceVOC have performed stack sampling analyses for a biorefinery in the Midwest. The PTR-MS instrument used for this project was a brand new Ionicon PTR-TOF-MS T-6000×2, the first of its kind in the US. The PTR-MS was integrated into a standard Montrose stack sampling trailer equipped with an FTIR and auxiliary instrumentation.

The T-6000 has shown to be the ideal tool for exploratory investigations on process chemistry changes and implications on air emissions with detection limits for most compounds in the low ppb level. This was especially difficult due to the particular nature of the sample streams – all were delivered at 150°C to the instrument, some had up to 50% moisture, others contained percentage concentrations of volatile organics. The combined team successfully accomplished the appropriate sampling design on site. The customer is planning follow-up measurements in June, as well as on other sites.

A newly built mobile laboratory will house the T-6000 to be used in future air quality monitoring projects, either for ambient measurements, such as fence line monitoring and vapor intrusion investigations, or for challenging air streams from stack sampling and equivalent.

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