The state-of-the-art analytical instruments in Analytical Laboratory are complementary part of WDRC to accelerate the pace of ongoing research projects. The focus of the facilities is to apply multiple methods of chemical and physical analysis; we can separate, identify and quantify chemical components of a material utilizing these techniques. Analytical testing and analysis is vital to understand the quality and composition of drinking water, treated waste water and materials that are produced in WDRC labs. Specialist knowledge and expertise in applying the most relevant methodology are the keys to successful chemical testing and analysis. Advanced analytical instrumentation or a combination of techniques is necessary to solve problems or determine composition. The Analytical Lab is equipped with a wide range of techniques and instrumentation to meet any chemical and or physical analysis requirement and perform testing protocols according to standard methodologies. The staff has expertise in developing tailored analytical methods and performing method validation for specific applications.

Facilities

High-performance liquid chromatograph

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a type of mass spectrometry which is capable of detecting metals and several non-metals at low concentrations.

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Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a type of mass spectrometry which is capable of detecting metals and several non-metals at low concentrations.

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Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)

ICP-OES is capable of detecting trace metals in liquid samples. This is achieved by ionizing the sample to produce excited atoms and ions that emit electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths characteristic of a particular element.

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Liquid Chromatograph with Organic Carbon/ Nitrogen Detection (LC-OCD/OND)

Liquid Chromatograph with Organic Carbon/ Nitrogen Detection (LC-OCD/OND) is a technique used to characterize and quantify the dissolved organic matters (DOM) based on their molecular size distribution in wastewater.

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Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

​Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is an analytical technique that combines the features of gas-chromatography and mass spectrometry to separate and analyze volatile organic compounds and to identify the unknown organic intermediates.

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Flow Cytometer

Flow cytometry is used to analyse the physical and chemical characteristics of particles/cells in a fluid as it passes through at least one laser. Cell components are fluorescently stained and then excited by the laser to emit light at varying wavelengths. Fluorescent staining coupled with flow cytometry (FCM) is frequently used for the monitoring, quantification and characterization of bacteria in seawater, freshwater, drinking water, wastewater, and industrial bioreactors.

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Ion Chromatograph

Ion chromatography (IC) is a technique that allows the separation of ions and polar molecules based on their affinity to the ion exchanger.

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Fluorescence Spectrofluorometer

Spectrofluorometer takes advantage of fluorescent properties of some compounds to provide information regarding their concentration and chemical environment in a sample.

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Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (ATR-FTIR)

ATR-FTIR is used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption, emission, photoconductivity or Raman scattering of a solid or liquid. Analysis and identification of organic materials and certain inorganic materials.

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Ultrahigh-Speed Camera

The Phantom v1212 camera is an ultra high-speed cameras and is designed with versatility and flexibility.

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Particle Characterization/Image Analysis System

The Morphologi G3 provides an advanced yet easy to use particle characterization tool for the measurement of particle size and particle shape from 0.5 microns to several millimeters.

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Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOC)

The TOC-VCPH is a PC-controlled high-sensitivity analyzer that measures the amount of total organic carbon (TOC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC).

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Atomic Force Microscope

AFM provides a 3D profile of the surface on a nanoscale, by measuring forces between a sharp probe (<10 nm) and surface at very short distance (0.2-10 nm probe-sample separation).

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Confocal microscope

The confocal TCS SPE is an inverted microscope equipped with three objectives and a solid-state laser with four excitation wavelengths deliver brilliant images at highest resolution by scanning the specimen in thin optical layers.

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ATP analyzer

​CELSIS ATP Analyzer is a rapid microbial test f based on the ATP bioluminescence reaction, The bioluminescence luciferase enzyme hydrolyses ATP to AMP releasing the stored energy as visible light, and light is detected by luminometer.

A presence of ATP indicates microbial contamination.

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