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Research Equipment

Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (SEM-EDS): 

Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (SEM-EDS)

The Thermo Scientific Prisma E Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) combines a wide array of imaging and analytical modalities with advanced automation to offer the most complete solution of any instrument in its class. It is ideal for industrial research and development, quality control, and failure analysis applications that require high resolution, sample flexibility and an easy-to-use operator interface. Live composition-based image coloring for intuitive elemental analysis with optional ColorSEM Technology and integrated energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Excellent analytical capabilities with a chamber that allows 3 simultaneous EDS detectors, EDS ports that are 180° opposite, wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy (WDS), coplanar EDS/EBSD and high-quality charge free EDS and EBSD in low vacuum.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES):

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)

The compact unit is bench mounted, providing a simultaneous ICP spectrometer via an RF induced plasma emission source, a purged echelle polychromator and Charge Injection Device (CID) array detector. ICP-OES is an established and powerful technique for the analysis and quantitation of trace elements in both liquid and solid samples.

Ion Chromatography (IC) Systems:

Ion Chromatography (IC) Systems

The Dionex Aquion is an integrated single channel ion chromatography system that performs all types of isocratic IC separations. Electrolytic suppression provides high performance ion chromatography of anions and cations with no need to make up regenerant solutions.

Total Organic Carbon (TOC):

Total Organic Carbon (TOC)

The TOC-L series consists of a high-sensitivity model with a detection limit of 4 μg/L, making it suitable for a variety of applications, including pure water measurements, and a standard model designed for more routine TOC measurements. The combustion catalytic oxidation method completely oxidizes easily decomposed, low-molecular-weight organic compounds, as well as hard-to-decompose insoluble and macromolecular organic compounds. In addition, the temperature required for catalytic combustion is significantly lower than required for combustion without a catalyst, increasing combustion tube life and minimizing the effect of high salt content in samples.

Density Meter:

Density Meter

METTLER TOLEDO offers highly accurate benchtop and portable digital density meters for a wide range of applications. The measured density or specific gravity can be converted into other units for specific applications, such as API.



This Machine is a rapid method for quantification of total bacteria in water and other liquid samples. A key feature is that Bactiquant-water reduces analysis time for total bacteria from days to minutes. The method has been extensively documented in practiceby customers worldwide and has recently been verified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The analysis results are highly reproducible ( RSD <7%) and provide relevant information about water treatment processes and microbiological water quality. Bactiquant analysis provides a comprehensive quantification of total bacterial presence that includes planktonic bacteria, particle associated bacteria, anaerobes as well as aerobes. The Bactiquant-water methodology is a mature technology that features: ( not all of this is included in the basic package)

Optical Microscope

Optical Microscope

High Temperature Oven and Exhaust System

High Temperature Oven and Exhaust System

Thermo Scientific ST16 Centrifuge:

Thermo Scientific ST16 Centrifuge

The ST16 is compatible with a wide range of rotors, providing flexibility for cell culture and blood processing applications. The auto locking rotor system bicontainment ClickSeal optional rotors make the ST16 extremely safe and easy to use in the lab. Separations are optimized with SmartSpin technology, while also monitoring residual load balance. Reach speeds up to 15,200 RPM with maximum RCF of 25,830 x g. This rotor reaches a maximum speed of 5,000 RPM.

The Agilent Cary 60 UV-Vis spectrophotometer

The Agilent Cary 60 UV-Vis spectrophotometer

Comprises a double beam, Czerny-Turner monochromator, 190–1100 nm wavelength range, 1.5 nm fixed spectral bandwidth, full spectrum Xenon pulse lamp single source with exceptionally long life. Scan rates up to 24,000 nm/min, 80 data points/sec maximum measurement rate, room light immunity, central control by PC with Microsoft® Windows® operating system.  Optional 21 CFR Part 11 capable software, and dedicated instrument validation software which includes pharmacopeia test suites.