Environmental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

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The Environmental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory provides environmental measurement tools for laboratory and field characterization of pollutants. Excellent equipment for nuclear analytical measurements is available. These include a Packard scintillation spectrometer and two high-resolution gamma spectrometers with state-of-the-art Canberra multi-channel analyzers. The nuclear analytical research focus is directed toward field measurements of nuclear fuels involving highly sensitive alpha and neutron detectors as well as gamma-ray imaging systems to support future arms control efforts. Elemental analytical capabilities include a new laboratory BAIRD EX-6000 x-ray fluorescence spectrometer which will compliment the field-portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer. The x-ray spectrometer is capable of simultaneous multi-element analysis of metal and non-metal atoms in solid or liquid samples requiring minimum sample preparation. Organic pollutants can be analyzed with three Perkin Elmer Auto System gas chromatographs. Organic contaminant identification and fiber optic remote sensing research is conducted using a Bomem IR spectrometer and Raman spectrometry attachment with spectral recognition software. Sample characterization capabilities include a Quantachrom BET surface area analyzer, a Perkin Elmer differential scanning calorimeter, and several temperature and humidity control chambers.

Through a cooperative agreement with Armstrong Laboratory/OET, AFIT has access to more analytical equipment including an Inductively Coupled/High Pressure Liquid Chromatography System (IC/HPLC), an Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma (ICAP) Spectrometer, a Gas Chromotograph/Mass Spectrometry System (GC/MS), a TGA, a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer, an Infrared (IR) spectrometer, extensive indoor air sampling pumps, aerosol generation and sizing equipment, and particle imaging and analysis equipment.

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