Laboratory Technologies

20 Aug 2015

Griffith University- Producing Work Ready Environmental Graduates

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The School of Environment, recently added a SEAL AA3 Segmented Flow Analyser to its Gold Coast laboratory services ensuring the school’s Researchers and Students utilise the latest technology in their programs and research.

Griffith University is a public research University, with 43,000 students and 5 campuses across South East Queensland.  Through a range of innovative degrees Griffith University students gain a solid grounding in environmental science and graduate with the skills and knowledge sought by Australian employers.  Griffith currently ranks in the top 5 per cent of Universities worldwide. The School of Environment, recently added a SEAL AA3 Continuous Segmented Flow Analyser to its Gold Coast laboratory services ensuring the school’s Researchers and Students utilise the latest technology in their programs and research.  Whilst Griffith University already has impressive Graduate outcomes, the addition of the AA3 AutoAnalyser to the laboratory contributes to Graduate’s real-world experience and being job-ready upon graduation.  The Gold Coast campus is a relatively new campus, and is now expanding into full Science Degrees after 13 years of focusing on applied science. The SEAL AA3 Segmented Flow Analyser is another tool assisting the University in its expansion.

 The laboratory supports a range of subjects focused around environmental assessments in the South East Queensland area. The Laboratory’s primary purpose is for teaching and academic research. Until the recent acquisition of the SEAL AA3 Segmented Flow Analyser the main areas of interest were in the forms of Nitrogen and Phosphorous in environmental and water samples with all sample testing carried out manually.

 The SEAL AA3 Segmented Flow Analyser has now completely removed the need for manual analysis and dramatically improved the Laboratory’s scientific accuracy. Anyone involved in manual analysis will attest to the variability of results and the dependency on the skill of the Chemist. With the AA3, the analyser is not only analysing more samples and quicker, it is also giving repeatable, dependable results and guaranteed accuracy. Griffith University’s AA3 also allows Researchers to increase the depth of their analysis. Now, instead of analysing only for Nitrate and Phosphate, the Researchers have expanded the range of analytes to include all forms of Nitrate and Phosphate, in the same samples. The AA3 allows Students to analyse a lot more samples with a lot less effort, which of course is a Student dream! The AA3 is proving to be far more time-efficient and at the same time it is improving the accuracy and depth of the Student and Researcher’s reports.

The SEAL AA3 Continuous Segmented Flow Analyser is proving to be very easy to use, even for casual students engaged on projects. It’s only a matter of putting the appropriate pump tubes in the appropriate chemicals and keeping a watch on the stream. With a wide range of users from inexperienced Students to experienced Researchers, the SEAL AA3 is about as fool proof as you can get! In selecting the SEAL AA3 Segmented Flow Analyser for the Laboratory it was important to the University to select the technology and the instrumentation that the Students were most likely to encounter in the field. Having the right technology and instrumentation in the Laboratory not only broadens the Students experience, it has a down stream benefit of skilling the Students with the knowledge and skills valued by Australian employers.

For the University, the SEAL AA3 Segmented Flow Analyser has broadened the school’s possible applications, with Researchers now working on very low levels of nutrients in water and marine sediments. The University’s teachers are now keen to re-evaluate their programs to take advantage of the opportunities the AA3 is opening up.  The effectiveness of the AA3 is allowing Researchers and Teachers to re-think, and re-scope their research.

 

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