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Departmental instruments

The department is equipped to conduct a wide variety of research and teaching activities related to environmental and soil and water sciences.

  • Facility for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (FIRMS):
  • Perkin-Elmer 7300DV inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer
  • CE Elantech Nitrogen Carbon Analyzer
  • Mattson Cygnus 100 Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer
  • Siemens D500 computerized X-ray diffractometer
  • DuPont 9900 computerized thermal analyzer (DSC/DTA)
  • A (Perkin-Elmer atomic absorption spectrophotometer with graphite furnace and hydride-vapor generation accessories
  • Ten gas chromatographs (Hewlett-Packard, Varian, Shimatsu) with an assortment of detectors (FID, ECD, mass spectrometry, etc.)
  • Seven HPLC/IC systems (Hewlett-Packard, Beckman, Dionex) with UV, electrochemical, conductivity, mass spectrometry, fluorescence, diode array, PAD, and radioisotope detection capabilities
  • A discrete analyzer (Seal AQ2) for automated analysis of NO3, NH4, PO4, etc.
  • Four UV-VIS spectrophotometers with scanning and kinetics capabilities
  • Shimadzu total organic carbon analyzer
  • Beckman LS 5000TD liquid scintillation counter
  • Packard gamma counter
  • Three Conviron plant growth chambers with 100,000+ lux lighting and humidity control
  • Various plate and shaking liquid culture incubators
  • Several laminar flow biosafety cabinets
  • High speed and ultra speed centrifuges
  • Walk-in cold rooms
  • A living streams facility
  • BioRad quantitative PCR thermal cyclers
  • Nanodrop UV-Visible spectrophotometer
  • BioRad gel imaging system
  • Nikon E600 Fluorescence Microscope with attached Hamamatsu cooled-CCD camera
  • Greenhouse and field facilities.
  • In addition, the Department's research laboratories currently house approximately 180 personal computers (Windows, Macintosh) and scientific workstations (Unix) that are available for use by students, post-doctoral scholars and staff. Accessories for these computers include three slide imaging systems, optical scanners, and numerous printers and plotters.