Instruments

  • Gas Chromatography (GC)

    • Varian Saturn 2000 Ion Trap GC/MSVarian Saturn 2000 Ion Trap GC/MS

      Analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds. Tandem mass-spectrometry and chemical ionization capabilities.

    • Waters Micromass Autospec High Resolution GC/MS

      Waters Micromass Autospec High Resolution GC/MS

      Analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds. Mass resolution of 0.0001 AMU or better.

    • Hewlett-Packard 5890 Series II GC with FID and TCDThree Hewlett-Packard 5890 Series II GC with FID and TCD

      This can be used for simulated distillation using FID detector for finding the boiling point distributions in samples, such as bio-oils, crude oils, shale oils, gasoline, diesel, etc.

      It can also be operated in cyro mode for highly volatile/very low boiling point samples/fractions.

    • Varian GCs with autosamplers and ECDs

      Two Varian GCs with autosamplers and ECDs

      Analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds. Can detect halogenated compounds such as PCBs, PBDEs, organo-chlorinated compounds.

    • Agilent 7820A GC with FID and NPD

      Agilent 7820A GC with FID and NPD

      Analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds. NPD capable of low-level measurements of nitrogen and phosphorus containing compounds.

    • Thermo Trace 1300 GC coupled to an ITQ 700 Mass Spectrometer with liquid, headspace, and solid phase microextraction capabilities

      Thermo Trace 1300 GC coupled to an ITQ 700 Mass Spectrometer with liquid, headspace, and solid phase microextraction capabilities

      Analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds. Tandem mass-spectrometry and chemical ionization capabilities.

    • CDS Analytical Pyroprobe interface with high pressure/high temperature catalyst chamber

      CDS Analytical Pyroprobe interface with high pressure/high temperature catalyst chamber

      This in conjunction with any GC/MS unit can be used to perform pyrolysis GC/MS.

  • Liquid Chromatography (LC)

    • Waters LC/MS Micromass Quattro micro API mass spectrometer with GSI and GSCI ionization modesWaters LC/MS Micromass Quattro micro API mass spectrometer with GSI and GSCI ionization modes

      Separation and analysis of organic compounds in liquid phase. Tandem mass-spectrometry capabilities.

    • HPLC) System equipped with Fluorescence, Photodiode Array PDA and ELSD

      Waters Alliance High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) System equipped with Fluorescence, Photodiode Array (PDA) and Evaporative Light Scattering (ELSD) detectors

      Analyze for pharmaceuticals, hormones, steroids, and biofuel characterization.

    • GPC unit with RI and ELSD

      Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) unit with refractive index (RI) and ELSD detectors, Waters Pump and Fraction Collector

      For determining molecular weight distributions of oil samples.

  • Metals Analysis

    • Varian SpectrAA 55B Atomic Absorption SpectrometerThermo Elemental PQ ExCell ICPMS with LC interface for speciation

      Metals analysis in ppb to sub-ppb range.

    • Varian SpectrAA 55B Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

      Varian SpectrAA 55B Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

      Metals analysis in ppm to percent range.

  • Sample Characterization

    • TOC-VCPN system with autosampler

      Shimadzu Total Organic Carbon (TOC-VCPN) system with autosampler

      Measuring total and organic carbon in aqueous samples.

    • Thermo Dionex ICS-2100 Ion Chromatography System

      Thermo Dionex ICS-2100 Ion Chromatography System

      Measuring anions and cations in aqueous samples.

    • Horiba Aqualog Scanning Spectrophotometer-Spectrofluorometer

      Horiba Aqualog Scanning Spectrophotometer-Spectrofluorometer

      Scanning fluorescence spectrometer and simultaneous spectrophotometer.

    • Malvern Zetasizer 3000 HSa

      Malvern Zetasizer 3000 HSa

      Measuring surface charge of particles, zeta potential, in solution and particle size less than micrometer.

    • Fisher Refractometer

      Fisher Refractometer

      Measure refractive index of solutions.

    • Brookfield DVII+ Viscometer

      Brookfield DVII+ Viscometer

      Measuring viscosity of small volume samples.

    • Brookfield DV-E Viscometer

      Brookfield DV-E Viscometer

      Measuring viscosity of samples.

    • Tantec ST-PLUS Surface Tensiometer

      Tantec ST-PLUS Surface Tensiometer

      Measuring surface tension of solutions using Wilhelm plate.

    • Tantec Contact Angle Meter CAM-PLUS

      Tantec Contact Angle Meter CAM-PLUS

      Measures contact angle of solutions and wettability of solids.

    • Bell/Sypris Gauss/Teslameter

      Bell/Sypris Gauss/Teslameter

      Applications include: Sorting and performing incoming inspection on permanent magnets, particularly multi-pole magnets; Testing audio speaker magnet assemblies, electric motor armatures and stators, transformer lamination stacks, cut toroidal cores, coils and solenoids; Determining the location of stray fields around medical diagnostic equipment; Determining sources of electromagnetic interference; Locating flaws in welded joints; Three-dimensional field mapping; and Inspection of magnetic recording heads.

    • FTIR unit with Diamond ATR

      FTIR unit with Diamond ATR

      For analyzing IR-active functional groups in solid and liquid samples.

    • autolab

      Two Autolabs

      Electrochemical measurements.

    • Carver Press

      Two AutolabsCarver Press

      High pressure press.

  • Sample Preparation

    • Milestone Ethos Microwave System

      Milestone Ethos Microwave System

      Digestion of samples to prepare for metals analysis.

    • Dionex ASE 300 Accelerated Solvent Extractor

      Dionex ASE 300 Accelerated Solvent Extractor

      Rapid, automated extraction of samples using pressure and less solvent than manual bench top extraction.

    • Zymark TurboVap 500 closed-cell concentrators

      Zymark TurboVap 500 closed-cell concentrators

      Rapid solvent exchange and sample concentration.

    • Ultrasonic probe

      Ultrasonic probe

      For sonic treatment of aqueous samples.

    • Thermo Tube Furnace

      Thermo Tube Furnace

      The tube furnace can go up to temperatures of 1000C and is currently being used to pyrolyze small amounts of biomass samples (100-200g).

    • Freeze-dryer

      Freeze-dryer

      Moisture removal.

    • sieve

      Sieve

      Determine particle size constrain particle size in experiments.

    • muffle furnace

      Muffle Furnace

      Heats to 1500°C and is programmable.

    • Autoclave

      Autoclave

      Clean and sterilize lab-ware.