The laboratories and facilities of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (EEES) at Clemson University are located at two main locations: (1) approximately 8 miles off campus at the L. G. Rich Environmental Laboratory (342 Computer Court, Anderson, SC 29625) and (2) in Brackett Hall and the Biosystems Research Complex (BRC) on the main University campus. The Rich Lab is a state-of-the-art 42,000 square foot building housing the main departmental offices as well as classrooms and numerous environmental laboratories. The Brackett Hall location houses offices, classrooms and additional laboratories associated with the Earth sciences, Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Engineering undergraduate programs. The BRC is a research facility housing research groups from a variety of disciplines.
The Rich Lab houses laboratory space available for conducting sponsored research in a total of 24 laboratories ranging in size from 300 to over 900 square feet. There are also several dedicated purpose laboratories, including an instrument room equipped various state-of-art instruments listed below, a low-level counting laboratory, a radiochemical separations laboratory, an organic separations laboratory, a biotechnology laboratory, a laminar-flow clean room, an aquifer characterization lab and a two-story open-bay laboratory, in addition to numerous general purpose laboratories. Also included are research support areas, comprising an autoclave and media preparations room, and a gas cylinder storage area. A loading dock for receiving supplies and environmental samples is conveniently located adjacent to the various storage rooms. The Department also has a machine, fabrication and electronics shop with a full time staff member.
Several EEES labs for conducting research are also available in Brackett Hall. The Thin Section Lab contains several rock saws, a trim saw, a thin-section cutoff saw, and a thin-section grinder. These instruments allow the complete preparation of standard thin sections for petrographic study, or polished sections for microprobe analysis. The lab also contains two sieve shakers and associated sieve pans for grain-size distribution analyses. The Petrography Lab includes several petrographic microscopes. An automated Swift Model F point-counting stage is available for obtaining modal analyses. The Hydrogeophysics laboratory (B03 Brackett) has several equipment packages from National Instruments available for performing real-time imaging and complex conductivity experiments using assorted columns and tanks. The Undergraduate Field Research Lab has a suite of instruments and data loggers available for watershed monitoring including water level loggers, soil moisture probes, rain gauges, and a weather station. Labs pertaining to water and soil analysis, fermentation and other bioprocessing areas are also available in Brackett Hall.
EEES laboratories are equipped with a variety of instrumentation for different types of environmental research. The Equipment page lists the analytical equipment available in the EEES laboratories. This equipment is accessible to EEES faculty, students, and researchers on a need basis. The great majority of the analyzers are computer controlled and equipped with autosamplers.