Mercury speciation is an analytical testing process that separates and measures the different forms (species) of mercury that are present in a test sample. Quicksilver Scientific holds the exclusive license on a patented cold vapor mercury analysis technology that is automated and scalable. This makes our method of mercury speciation analysis an easy and cost-effective solution for processing large test-sample batch sizes.  


In a single test, Quicksilver Scientific speciation analysis measures the biologically available forms of mercury (methylmercury and inorganic mercury).   This is why our speciation is superior to conventional "total" mercury analysis. Rather than simply delivering an undifferentiated lump-sum total, Quicksilver Scientific speciation of mercury provides useful data on the ratio of methylmercury to inorganic mercury. In addition to this, the patented Quicksilver mercury measurement process can be expanded to include rare forms of this toxic element (ethylmercury and propylmercury). 

Our mercury speciation analysis gives researchers and physicians access to critical data unavailable from competitive low-level mercury analysis methods (total mercury analysis). Understanding the ratio of methylmercury to inorganic mercury facilitates a more complete understanding of toxic effects and risks to the environment and the human body.

Currently, Quicksilver Scientific is the only commercial analytical testing laboratory capable of directly analyzing ethylmercury, methylmercury and inorganic mercury in one simultaneous procedure at environmentally and biologically relevant amounts.