Environmental Engineering Laboratory

The Environmental Engineering Laboratory is on the first floor with a floor space of 1,206 ft2.  It has benches and workstations with power outlets, compressed air and vacuum nozzles, sinks, a fume hood, chemical storage cabinets, a flammable storage cabinet, a corrosives storage cabinet, a safety shower and eyewash station, a UV disinfection chamber, and Internet access (both cable and wireless).   The laboratory features three state-of-the-art instruments used for environmental sample analysis: the inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) (Shimadzu, ICPE 9000), the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) (Agilent Technologies, 7890A/5975C), and the dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) (Shimadzu, DX-720). The ICP-OES can analyze multiple trace elements in a small volume of liquid sample; the GC/MS can analyze most volatile and semi-volatile organics in liquid environmental samples; and the EDX can analyze elements and compounds in solid samples. These are highly automated instruments with data acquisition and analysis capability.  The course CIVL 340 Environmental Engineering Laboratory is conducted in this lab. Graduate students’ thesis research and other scholarly activities are also performed here.