Trace substances in water
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Determination of biocides and organic amines in water by UPLC/MS-MS

Water in sufficient quantities and in a high quality is one of our most valuable resources. Its most important role is as drinking water because we are unable to survive without it. High-quality household water has become an indispensable part of modern everyday life. Water is also an essential resource for many technical applications.

The Fraunhofer IBP laboratory offers a wide range of chemical, physical and microbiological analysis techniques for analyzing water samples. Accredited according to DIN EN ISO 17025:2018, the laboratory performs tests to ensure that high quality requirements are met, or to identify the presence of trace substances.

Laboratory equipment and common target parameters:

  • UPLC-MS/MS: Ultra performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry
    • Biocides, pesticides, pot preservatives
    • Amines (primary, secondary, tertiary and aromatic amines, amino alcohols)
  • HPLC-DAD: High performance liquid chromatography with optical detection
    • Aldehydes
  • ICP-MS: Inductively coupled plasma with mass selective detection
    • Alkaline and earth alkaline metal ions (e.g. Na, K, Mg, Ca)
    • Heavy metals and trace elements
  • IC-CD, IC-UV/VIS: Two-track ion chromatography with conductivity detection and optical detection
    • Anions, cations
    • Chromate
    • Organic acids
  • UV-VIS spectroscopy
  • IR spectroscopy


  • DIN 38407-35
  • DIN 38407-36
  • DIN EN 1484
  • DIN EN ISO 10304
  • DIN EN ISO14911
  • DIN EN ISO 17294-2
  • ISO 6341
  • ISO 8692
  • DIN EN ISO 11348

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Research projects

  • Release of aromatic amines from structural waterproofing - development of an analytical quantification method as an assessment basis within the scope of German general building inspectorate approval (abZ)
  • Release of root penetration inhibitors from roof waterproofing
  • Investigation of substances leaching out from building components made of wood, plastic, metal and glass in order to assess the impact on the ground and groundwater.

Industrial projects

  • Elution of pot preservatives from building products
  • Release of biocides from façade coatings
  • Release of heavy metals and trace elements from plasters and mortars