Facilities Associated with the Lautz Research Grouplab

Major water chemistry instrumentation includes:
1. Two-Column Dionex Reagent Free Ion Chromatography System, ICS-2000, with autosampler (for simultaneously measuring anion and cation concentrations, such as calcium, magnesium, chloride, sulfate, and nitrate, among others)
2. Picarro L2130-i Water Isotope Analyzer, with autosampler (for measuring oxygen and hydrogen isotopic composition of water)
3. Barnstead NANApure DIamond Ultrapure Water System (for water deionization)

Field instrumentation includes:jdmastro
Optical Time Domain Reflectometer for measuring light loss in fiber optic cables
Fusion slicer for splicing two fiber optic cables together
Nikon Reflectorless Total Station (and accessories)
Portable WTW pH/specific conductance/dissolved oxygen probes
Geopump Persitaltic Pumps and an FMI piston pump for well sampling
Three flow-through field fluorometer (e.g. Turner C3)
ADV velocity meter
Marsh-McBirney flow meters
Handheld GPS units
iButton temperature data loggers
Waterproof camera
Two-way radios

Other Labs at Syracuse University and Neighboring SUNY ESF
Center for Environmental Systems Engineering (CESE) at Syracuse University
The CESE laboratories are centrally located on the Syracuse University campus and managed by several faculty members in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering. CESE laboratories are furnished with sophisticated equipment required to succeed in environmental research. In addition to standard equipment associated with environmental laboratories (for example refrigerators, freezers, -80 freezer, shakers, centrifuges, autoclave, water purification system) major CESE equipment includes the following:

  • atomic absorption spectrometer with graphite furnace
  • ion chromatographs
  • autoanalyzers
  • dissolved inorganic/organic carbon analyzers
  • automatic titrators
  • gas chromatographs (flame ionization, electron capture and thermal conductivity detectors)
  • high pressure liquid chromatography (UV and thermal conductivity conductors)
  • soil CN analyzer is used for solid phase soil measurements
  • cold vapor atomic absorption and fluorescence spectrometers are available for the determination of trace levels of mercury fermentors (with oxygen, pH, antifoam control)
  • UV/visible spectrophotometers

Analytical and Technical Services (A&TS) at SUNY ESF
Analytical and Technical Facilities (A&TS)  at SUNY ESF offers a suite of instrumentation and technical support for analysis of water chemistry.  A&TS has developed an extensive portfolio of chemical analysis methods and capabilities in computer and instrument repair, electronic design and chemical stockroom services.  Major instrumentation in support of hydrology research includes:

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma—Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES): Up to 70 elements of the periodic table can be detected and quantified from ppb to percent levels with the Perkin Elmer Optima 3300DV. This instrument is capable of the simultaneous determination of metals and other elements (for example B, P, S). The unit is equipped with an AS-93 autosampler for large numbers of samples.
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS): Up to 70 elements of the periodic table can be detected and quantified in solution. This quadrupole mass spectrometer is over 100 times as sensitive as an emission spectrometer (above), capable of sub ppb to ppm levels of analyses in aqueous samples. The technique is especially suited to the analysis of As, Se, and Pb.
  • Thermo Polaris Q Ion Trap Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)