Analyzing Small Samples with Dedicated Lab Techniques

Samples may be small if harmful, expensive, or available only in limited quantities. Obtaining accurate results on the first try is critical, as you might not have the material to re-run an analysis.

In the laboratory, care and training are necessary to work effectively with small samples. For example, they are challenging to handle, as they are hard to pick up, to dose and even to see. This increases measurement uncertainty, as smaller quantities of sample will quickly strain the detection limit of an analytical instrument. Moreover, such samples can easily evaporate, disperse or aggregate due to electrostatic charges, or become contaminated, among others.

The Small Samples Analysis Guide will provide you with the support you need to overcome the challenges of working with small samples. Along with tips and hints for analysis of small biological or chemical samples, we present possible solutions for the following applications:

  • Weighing
  • pH and Conductivity Measurements
  • UV/VIS Spectroscopy
  • Karl Fischer Titration
  • Density and Refractometry
  • Multi-parameter Analyses