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Research Facilities

The Department of Earth and Environmental Studies (EAES) is housed in the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS), a 107,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in Summer 2015. EAES facilities include a wide array of major analytical equipment, including:

  • Inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer and optical emission spectrometer
  • Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer
  • High-performance liquid chromatograph
  • UV/VIS spectrophotometer
  • CHNS analyzer
  • Total organic carbon and nitrogen analyzer
  • Ion Chromatograph
  • Gamma detector
  • X-ray powder diffractometer
  • Malvern Zetasizer for nanoparticle, colloid and protein size measurement.
  • Malvern Mastersizer laser particle size analyzer for 0.2-2000 micron particles
  • Reflected and transmitted light microscopes
  • Spinner Magnetometer, alternating field and thermal demagnetizers
  • Kappabridge
  • Vibrating Sample Magnetometer
  • Greenhouse facility
  • Interdisciplinary Computational Research Laboratory
  • Remote Sensing Lab
  • 24-seat computer laboratory for data processing, statistics, hydrologic and earth systems modeling, and GIS and Remote Sensing activities. Software installed includes ArcGIS, Leica Geosystems’ ERDAS Imagine Professional image processing/GIS package, ImageJ, GMS, Matlab by Mathworks, Google Earth, and Statistics software packages such as SPSS and JMP.
  • Geophysical equipment including a ground penetrating radar system and electrical resistivity, magnetic, and seismic profiling systems
  • Field equipment including a digital flow meter for streams, pressure sensors, automatic water samples, and a GPS total station.

The Department of Biology is housed in Science Hall and the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences. Biology facilities include:

  • PCRs
  • Bioassay laboratory, with temperature/flow controlled aquaria
  • Capillary electrophoresis instrument
  • Temperature-controlled Aquaria with associated plumbing
  • Hemocytometer for cell count
  • Standard light microscopes; dissecting scopes
  • DNA sequencer
  • Infra-red gas analyzer to measure gas exchange of plants
  • Pressure chamber to measure water status of plants
  • Scanners to measure leaf and root areas

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is housed in Richardson Hall, and the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences. Major research instrumentation includes:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • High performance liquid chromatograph
  • Fast protein liquid chromatography
  • Fluorescent plate readers
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometers
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
  • Electrophoresis equipment

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory is located in the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences. Instrumentation includes:

  • Hitachi S3400N Scanning Electron Microscope with Bruker LN2-free x-ray microanalysis system
  • Hitachi 7500H Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Nikon C2 Plus Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM)
  • Angstrom AA5000 Multi-Function Scanning Probe Microscope
  • Leica EM UC7 ultramicrotome
  • Denton Desk IV turbo sputter coaters for metal and carbon coating
  • Ancillary equipment for specimen preparation and embedding

Additional research facilities overseen by participating faculty are housed in the Department of Mathematics in Richardson Hall and School of Computing in the Center for Computing and Information Science (CCIS).