Environmental Chemistry Lab

The Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory (ECRL) at Wayne State University aims to address gaps in fundamental understanding of aqueous chemistry relevant to environmental engineering and science. The ECRL is housed in room 2335 of the Engineering Building (EB). The laboratory is 1,300 square feet with climate control (independent of the rest of the building), making it possible to optimize experimental conditions. The ECRL is currently equipped with state of the art analytical instrumentation for the analysis of environmental pollutants commonly found in water, air and soil. In addition to glassware and equipment routinely used during chemical analysis (i.e. digital scales, muffle furnace, incubation chambers), ECRL equipment includes an:

  • ultrapure water system (Barnstead NANO pure DIamond UV),
  • a flame atomic absorption unit (Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 200),
  • a gas chromatography-mass spectrometer system (Perkin Elmer Clarus 500),
  • a high-pressure liquid chromatography system with diode array, fluorescence and evaporative light scattering detectors (Shimadzu Prominence),
  • a total organic carbon analyzer (Shimadzu TOC-VCSH),
  • an infrared spectrophotometer (Buck Model 500),
  • a microwave digestion system (MARS Express, CEM Corp)
  • and multiple ultraviolet spectrophotometers.