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Facilities
 

EEAS group has its own set of three, newly constructed, laboratories focused on biomarkers assessment and measurement of contaminant concentrations and effect on a wide range of environmental samples (water, sediment/soil, biological tissues, etc), with methods aimed at achieving low-level detection limits. Laboratories are fully equipped with several state-of-the-art instruments for the determination of inorganic (metals, metalloids, organometallics), organic (petroleum-related hydrocarbons) and emerging contaminants (pharmaceutical and nanoparticles).

Analytical instrumentation includes: inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) with ultrasonic nebulizer, mass spectrometer high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC-MS), automated voltammetry analysis system, microplate reader, nutrient and elemental analyzer and a dedicated direct mercury analysis unit which can directly analyze a variety of solid samples with minimum preparation and chemical waste generation.

Laboratories provide space for general sample preparation, storage and ultraclean water generation. Research infrastructure also includes growth chamber, incubators, storage freezers, ultracold (-80C) freezer storage, freeze drying unit, microwave digester system and basic resources such as analytical balances, fume hoods, dissecting microscope, furnace, drying ovens, centrifuge, ultrasonic separators, UV digester, pH-meter stations, ball mill and other related equipment.

A special area with aquarium facilities is designated to acute and chronic testing and marine invertebrate and vertebrate organisms culturing and maintenance. The area is habilitated with unlimited amount of clean, high quality seawater pumped from a sub-marine intake that assures free-sediment and free-chemical contamination water supply. We also have a dedicated facility for the culture of marine algae.

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