We are excited to announce SiREM is adding a new laboratory location in Knoxville, Tennessee, which in partnership with our Guelph, Ontario facility, provides additional resources to support our U.S., Canadian and international customers. The addition of the Knoxville location increases our portfolio of leading-edge environmental remediation solutions and brings on board new highly skilled practitioners to our team!

We are Excited to Introduce Our New Team Members

Duane Graves, Ph.D. | U.S. Operations Manager
Duane is the U.S. Operations Manager at SiREM with over 30 years of experience focused on environmental biotechnology; environmental forensics; in situ groundwater, soil and sediment remediation; evaluation of airborne biological contaminants; and remediation of groundwater. His practice at SiREM specializes in (i) the development, selection, feasibility evaluation, design, and deployment of remedial solutions of hazardous and mixed-waste treatability for complex process engineering and wastewater; (ii) biogeochemical evaluations related to metals attenuation, and (iii) investigation and mitigation of biological agents. Duane also provides expert opinions and testimony to support litigation regarding environmental chemistry, remediation, and microbiology associated with the transport and fate of organic, organochlorine, and inorganic chemicals and metals in sediment, soil, and groundwater; environmental forensics; liability allocation; remediation; and environmental technology issues.

Jacques Smith, Ph.D. | U.S. Laboratory Manager
Jacques has more than five years of experience in Environmental Laboratory testing and now manages the SiREM Knoxville laboratory. Primarily educated in molecular biotechnology, over the last five years he has broadened his technical skillset by becoming proficient at planning and executing objective bench-scale treatability studies to generate innovative and unbiased remedial solutions. Areas of expertise include Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to understand microbial community interactions, CCR waste reclamation, leaching studies, settling and dewatering, and wastewater treatment processes. Jacques also has extensive field experience that incudes ground- and surface water sampling, site clearing and drilling oversight, soil core and sediment sampling, PFOS and PFAS sampling and stream inspections.

Expanded Suite of Products and Services Now Includes:

Wastewater and Process Engineering Treatability Testing: Client- and process-specific wastewater treatment and process optimization, including flocculation, settling, filtration, bioreactor performance, pH adjustments, and other evaluations that address how well industrial treatment processes perform, what issues may cause upsets and how to correct them.

Bioaugmentation Cultures: KB-1®and KB-1® Plus cultures for chlorinated solvents. DGG-BTM culture for anaerobic bioremediation of benzene. 1,4-dioxane culture for aerobic bioremediation of 1,4-dioxane. Other cultures for emerging contaminants are available for treatability testing and custom scale-up.

Gene-Trac® Molecular Testing: Over 40 different Gene-Trac® tests available to quantify key microorganisms, functional genes and microbial community composition for assessment of bioremediation and other biological systems.

Remediation Treatability Testing: Customized microcosm and column studies to evaluate and optimize site-specific remediation performance variables for chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, PAHs, metals, energetics and explosives and other contaminant classes in soil, groundwater and sediment.

Passive Samplers: Comprehensive passive sampling services for hydrophobic organic contaminants, such as PAHs, PCBs, Dioxins & Furans, and organochlorine pesticides (SP3TM) and water-soluble compounds (SPeeperTM) in pore water (sediment and soil) surface water and stormwater and VOCs in air (Waterloo Membrane Sampler; WMSTM).

Specialized Analytical Testing: Analytical services to monitor remediation processes and progress, including dissolved hydrocarbon gases, volatile fatty acids, anions, and compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA). SiREMNATM is an advanced testing suite to evaluate geochemical and biological parameters important in natural attenuation remedies for organic and inorganic compounds.

SiREM also offers specialized testing for custom applications such as in situ stabilization formulations, leaching tests, sorption isotherms and column tests, dissolved metal treatment, microscopy, and related microbiology associated with biofouling and microbial community analysis for a variety of environmental applications.

Register for our Next Webinar

Learn all about the new SiREM location and new offerings in our upcoming webinar on June 11 at 12 PM EDT. Our newest team members, Duane Graves and Jacques Smith, will present on their experiences with wastewater treatability testing and what they are looking forward to most in their roles within SiREM, and Jeff Roberts (Operations Manager) will provide more information on this exciting time for SiREM and its customers. Register here.

To find out more about how SiREM can help with your project needs, visit our contact us page or contact Brent Pautler, SiREM’s Customer Service Coordinator (bpautler@siremlab.com).