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Environmental Lab

The Civil Engineering environmental lab gives you hands-on access to both conventional and state-of-art equipment for the study of the physical, chemical, and biological analysis of water and soil. The lab is used extensively for environmental courses where water and wastewater experiments are performed, including coagulation, solids analysis, metals and ion analysis, adsorption, titrations, oxygen demand, and bacterial culturing. Also home to some faculty research, the lab is a testing ground for production of biofuels, treatment of storm flow runoff, use of nano-particles in groundwater remediation, phytoremediation of soil pollutants, treatment of acid mine drainage, arsenic treatment in drinking water, and identification of microbial communities through DNA analysis.

Equipment:

  • Atomic adsorption spectrometer
  • High performance liquid chromatographer
  • Ion chromatographer
  • Particle size analyzer
  • Scanning spectrophotometer
  • Microscopes, autoclave, centrifuges, water baths, and incubators for microbiological analysis
  • PCR bench, thermocycler, electrophesis apparatus, transilluminator, and photodocumentation system for DNA analysis