Our laboratory facilities include:
Main teaching laboratory
This is a large teaching laboratory suitable for classes of up to 50 students.
Postgraduate research laboratory
An area primarily used by postgraduate students, equipped with fume cupboards, balances, oven and a furnace.
Main research laboratory
Hydrofluoric acid digestions, microwave extraction and solvent based work is carried out in this large research room. Centrifuging facilities are also available.
Wetland Research Laboratory
This laboratory houses environmental cabinets where temperature, light and humidity can be controlled. It is currently used mainly for experimental work into water and gas transport in peat and estuarine sediments. A fume hood allows use of wax sealants for soil permeability experiments.
Contact Andy Baird Tel: 020 7882 2779 or 01733 254138.
Rainfall Simulation Room
This room contains a rainfall simulator used primarily for work investigating contaminant flow paths through soils. For further details contact: Kate Heppell.
Sediment Preparation Laboratories
Two rooms are designated for sediment preparation. Grinding and subsampling of soils is carried out in one. Facilities include a full range of stainless steel sieves, pestle and mortars and riffle samplers. We also carry out hydrogen peroxide digestions of soils prior to particle size analysis. These rooms also contain a freeze drier, ovens and several balances including two 5 d.p. balances. For further details contact: Simon Dobinson
Wet chemistry laboratory
This room is equipped for preparation of samples and standards for instrumental analysis. This room also contains our Dionex Ion Chromatograph. ICS 2500. For further details contact: Laura Shotbolt.
Main Instrumental Laboratory
This room contains instrumentation requiring compresses gases: a Varian ICP-OES, HiPerTOC dissolved carbon and nitrogen analyser and the Elemental carbon and nitrogen analyser. For further details contact: Laura Shotbolt.
A separate room for acid washing glassware and plastic containers for trace metal analysis. Cleaning of glassware for other techniques is carried out in the wet chemistry lab.
Coldstores and freezer
We have two walk in fridges and a walk in freezer for sample storage.