The original organizers of Northern Analytical Laboratory saw a lack of laboratories
specializing in trace element analysis of solid materials, and acted to fill that
need. Their many years of experience in laboratories working with atomic absorption,
inductively coupled plasma-optical emission and spark source mass spectrometries provided
the necessary foundation, and NAL opened providing these basic services.
Northern Analytical Laboratories was founded in 1980 and subsequently incorporated in
New Hampshire in January of 1981. The Laboratory, originally located in Amherst, NH
is now in Merrimack, NH.
In 1986 NAL acquired its first glow discharge mass spectrometer (GDMS), the most
sensitive and comprehensive technique for the analysis of trace elements in solid
materials. (They now have 3). Combustion equipment for the analysis of carbon, nitrogen,
oxygen and sulfur (in solids) was added in 1985, and in 1999 inductively coupled
plasma-mass spectrometry (ICPMS) was also added to their laboratories.