Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences


Analytical Chemistry Equipment
EEES laboratories are equipped with a number of research analyzers for different types of environmental research. The following is a list of analytical equipment available in the EEES laboratories. These instruments are accessible to the EEES faculty, students and researchers on a need basis. The great majority of the analyzers are computer controlled and equipped with autosamplers.

  • Varian Model 4000 GC /MS/MS Mass Spectrometer with CombiPAL liquid, headspace and SPME Autosampler
  • HP 5890 Series II Gas Chromatograph with FID and NPD detectors
  • Two HP 5890 Gas Chromatographs with FID and ECD detectors
  • Two Agilent 6850 Gas Chromatographs with  µ-ECD detectors
  • Agilent 6890 Gas Chromatograph with FID and  µ-ECD detectors
  • Agilent 6890 Plus Gas Chromatograph with  µ-ECD detectors
  • Two Shimadzu gas chromatographs with FID detectors
  • Dionex Ultimate 3000 HPLC with Fluorescence, UV-Vis and RI detectors, fraction detectors, autosampler (3 systems)
  • Dionex Model CD25A/GP50-2 Ion Chromatograph with EC and UV detectors
  • Dionex ICS2100 ion chromatography system, autosampler
  • Waters HPLC with multiwavelength detector and autosampler
  • Varian Cary Model 300 UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • VarianCary Model 50 UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • Thermo Nanodrop 2000 Spectrophotometer
  • Beckman DTX880 Multimode detector/plate reader
  • Eight High-Purity Germaniun Gamma-Ray Spectrometers (one portable and one low energy)
  • One low-energy high-resolution X-ray spectrometer (HPGe, Be window)
  • Three NaI(Tl) spectrometers (5” x 5”,3” x 3”, and 2” x 2”)
  • Four alpha/beta discriminating Liquid Scintillation Counters
  • Three Flow Cell Radiation Detectors (one digital, one pulse shape discriminating)
  • 38 Alpha Spectrometers
  • 18 Gas Flow Proportional Counters
  • Miscellaneous gas-filled and scintillation detectors
  • Neutron dosimetry instruments
  • Portable health physics instrumentation
  • Geophex GEM2 EM induction sensor
  • Shimadzu Model TOC-V Total Organic Carbon/Total Nitrogen Analyzer
  • Shimadzu Model TOC-L Total Organic Carbon/Total Nitrogen Analyzer
  • Thermo Model EA1112 Combustion CHNS-O Analyzer
  • Applied Biosystems StepOne RT PCR system
  • Anton Parr SurPASS electrokinetic analyzer
  • Analytik Jena MultiX2500 adsorbable organic carbon (AOX) analyzer with APU2 adsorption module
  • BioRad Gel DocXR
  • Brookhaven Instruments 90Plus particle analyzer with ZetaPALS and ZetaPlus; autotitrator
  • Dionex ASE200 accelerated solvent extraction system
  • Harshaw Model 3500 Thermo Luminescence Dosimetry System
  • Jenapol U petrographic microscope
  • Kruss contact angle measurement system (for drop shape analysis)
  • Microbics M500 Toxicity Analyzer
  • Micromeritics ASAP2010 and ASAP 2020 physisorption (surface area and pore size distribution determinations) analyzers with chemisorption capabilities
  • Metrohm 836 Titrando computer controlled titration system
  • Misc. Aquifer Testing Equipment
  • Model MP401 Electronic Field Gas Permeamiter
  • Perkin Elmer Model 5100 AA Spectrometer with Graphic Furnace
  • Perkin Elmer Model C653 Florescent Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer Optima 3100RL inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) with autosampler (radial view, UV only)
  • Thales ProMark III differential GPS receivers
  • Thermo ICP-Mass Spectrometer X Series II
  • Thermo Nicolet FTIR spectrometer
  • Widco model 1500 well logger
  • Virtis Bench top 6K Freeze Dryer
  • Zeiss Model AXIOSKOP 2 Research Fluorescence Microscope

The EEES L. G. Rich Laboratory has a Type I distilled deionized water production system (Super-Q Plus, MilliPore).

In addition to the research infrastructure, EEES has two teaching laboratories equipped (e.g., turbidity meters, spectrophotometers, respirometers, dissolved oxygen probes, pH meters, muffle furnaces, drying ovens, and various miscellaneous lab equipment) to conduct Unit Operation Laboratories (i.e., Dispersion Number and Residence Time Distribution, Microbial Growth on Alternative Substrates, Coagulation and Flocculation, Energy Balance in Microbial Systems, Precipitation, Sedimentation, Activated Sludge, Aerobic Digestion, Filtration, Anaerobic Processes, Activated Carbon Adsorption, and Gas Transfer) and various other wet chemistry laboratory courses.

Field Equipment
EEES has a variety of field equipment that can be used for geophysical and hydrogeological studies. The equipment is stored at various locations in the department and elsewhere on campus.

  • Ground Penetrating Radar: Pulse Ekko 100 and 1000 (50,100, 225, 450, 900MHz surface and 100MHz borehole antennas)
  • Electrical Resistivity: IRIS Syscal R1+ Switch 48 imaging system
  • EM Induction: Geophex GEM-2
  • EM Induction: Geonics EM-34
  • Magnetics: fluxgate magnetometer
  • Gamma: GR-110 Exploranium portable gamma ray
  • GPS: Thales ProMark III differential GPS (rover + base station)
  • Sensors & Software PE Pro GPR (8 channels with full complement of 500MHz antennas)
  • Leica TPS1200+ robotic total station
  • Geonics EM38-MK2 EM induction sensor
  • CME 45 drill rig
  • Augers (4” solid stem; 8” hollow stem)
  • Diamond bit core barrel
  • Hydraulic hammer
  • Geoprobe sampling equipment
  • 5 Parascientific precision transducers
  • Druck portable transducer
  • 5 In situ Troll water level data recorders
  • 15 kw Kubota generator, Honda generator
  • 25, 7.5, 5, 3, and 1/3 Hp submersible pumps
  • 2 Campbell Scientific CR10X data acquisition systems
  • 2 Grunfos variable rate sampling pumps
  • Portable mini-permeameter
  • 2 Guelph permeameters
  • 7502B time domain reflectometry soil moisture device
  • Small-Drill-Hole Mini-Permeameter
Water quality portable field meters (pH, DO, conductivity, turbidity, temperature, ORP)
  • Swoffer current meter
  • Ohio current meters
  • Pygmy meter
Logging instruments with caliper tool and capabilities for measuring Single point resistance Gamma ray Temperature.
A specially designed system for creating and monitoring shallow hydraulic fractures is available. This system consists of a slurry mixer and pump with related equipment for controlling the fracturing process and monitoring associated ground deformation.
The lab contains a suite of flexible wall permeameters for measuring saturated permeability. In addition, the lab contains a Hassler cell for making permeability measurements under confining pressure and a Boyle’s Law helium porosimeter. A capillary pressure vessel is also available.