Facilities

Our lab started functioning in October 2008. The lab occupies 2 adjacent rooms (# 309 - 311) on the third floor of Long Hall building at Clemson University. The lab is well equipped for analytical works and the instrumentation and facilities include an automated HPLC system with diode-array and fluorescence detector (Shimadzu), flow injection analyzer (Lachat), scintillation counter (Beckman Coulter), centrifuges, fume hoods, pH & conductivity meters, -80 freezer, analytical balances, refrigerated incubators etc.

Our in-house plant growth facilities include a climate controlled growth chamber and ample bench space in a temperature controlled greenhouse facility at Clemson.

Most of our field -study sites are located within South Carolina, and a few invasive species study sites are located in North Carolina, New York and Massachusetts.

We work with Multi-user Analytical Lab at Clemson for GC-MS analysis.

We collaborate with National labs and other universities for some of the advanced spectroscopy and microscopy works including:
  • Synchrotron x-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (Argonne National Lab, Chicago)
  • NMR spectroscopy (Xing Lab, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • FTIR spectroscopy (Xing Lab, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Mass-spectrometry (Mass Spectrometry Center, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst)

Few of the specialized analysis we routinely conduct in our lab include:
  • Root exudates purification and concentration
  • Plant secondary metabolite characterization and quantification
  • Polyphenol purification and identification from plant litter
  • Soil microbial community analysis (PLFA & physiological profiling)
  • Sorption kinetics of plant secondary compounds on soil matrices.

Maintaining a healthy research environment our lab is accessible to all potential users. Moderate number of samples could be analyzed free of charge if it can be done without much alteration to the existing system. Users must get proper training before using the instruments.