Research & Development and ATP Studies

Research & Development and ATP Studies

ASI routinely engages in research and development projects to fill information gaps, develop methods, assess new products, etc.  These studies may be funded by organizations such as the US EPA, Water Research Foundation (WRF), Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), etc., or may be funded by companies/corporations for commercial purposes.

Examples of ASI’s public and private research include:

  • Water Research Foundation - Significance of Methods and Samples Volumes for E. coli and Total Coliform Measurements (WRF 4024).
  • ASHRAE - Laboratory Observations of Biocide Efficacy against Legionella in Model Cooling Tower Systems (ASHRAE 954-RP).
  • US EPA - ASI has also participated in numerous studies for method development and validation (e.g., EPA Method 1623 and 1623.1).  ASI has also participated in method troubleshooting/optimization studies.
  • Development / Optimization – Multidisciplinary studies optimize performance by increasing accuracy, sensitivity, operational efficiency, throughput, etc.
    • Analytical method development
    • Product development services
    • Projects include
      • Sample collection devices
      • Water treatment units
      • Laboratory equipment and
      • Microbiological detection systems
  • Method Validation:
    • ATP Studies
      ASI has performed multiple studies using the US EPA’s Alternative Test Procedure (ATP) Protocol for Drinking Water, Ambient Water, Wastewater Monitoring Methods (Sept. 2010, EPA-821-B-10-001). The ATP protocol guides studies of side-by-side method comparisons and acceptance criteria-based method studies.
    • ISO 17994
      Dr. Fricker has also conducted a number of method assessment studies using ISO 17994 Guidance for the comparison of the relative recovery of microorganisms by two methods.