Laboratory Technologies

3 Mar 2015

Queensland University Technology wins an IPAD for telling us about the AQ2’s role in their research.

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Queensland University of Technology’s Environmental Analytical Research Facility is a suite of labs offering environmental analysis of cations, anions and nutrients to students and researchers from faculties across the University and external companies. We offer analysis via ICP, ICP-MS, IC, TOC, XRF, AAS, Leco CHNOS and SEAL discrete analysis. Our AQ2 has the highest throughput of the instrumentation that the lab employs.
To date, our AQ2, purchased in 2008, has been used in a diverse range of research topics, most of which have been published, as part of students’ studies for their Masters or PhD qualifications.

The Queensland University of Technology has been using the SEAL AQ2 for 4 years with research into topics including:

  • Alkalinity and chloride levels in coal seam gas water.
  • Analysis of roadway runoff to identify sources of pollutants from vehicles, such as brake residue, tyres, petrol,
  • Water analysis of police evidence to determine the source of water used to make a concrete mix that concealed a body.
  • Soil analysis of various locations where mangrove regrowth is essential, joint PhD project between QUT and local Indonesian Government.
  • Nutrient comparison of surface waters entering and leaving pine plantations and farming land to ascertain nutrient demand of both practices.
  • Sediment analysis from Moreton Bay locations to determine PAH and other organic pollutants.
  • Bore water and surface water analysis of the Lockyer Valley catchment area to determine drought effects on underground aquifers,
  • Stream water analysis from several creeks to determine sources of pollutants contributing to algal blooms.
  • Analysis of soil extracts via TKN and TKP to determine the effects of fertiliser loads on crop soil.
  • Determination of residual nitrogen levels in cropped soil to determine intervals between fertilisation.  Samples are extracted in 2M KCl which the SEAL seems to handle nicely.  This is part of a large ongoing greenhouse gas emissions project.

 

With a lab full of analytical equipment, delays or breakdowns are a significant source of angst and frustration.  Barbara  (Barbara Slatyer, National Service Manager) is quick to reply with in-depth answers to questions on chemistry issues, analysis results and maintenance issues, and with Scott (Scott Cupitt, QLD Sales & Engineer) now based in Brisbane, our maintenance requests are handled quickly and efficiently

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