Available laboratory procedures and equipment for chemical analyses include but are not limited to soil:

Simultaneous multi-element analysis of metals, transitional metals, metalloids and other elements in liquid matrices using PerkinElmer Optima 7300 DV Simultaneous Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES).


Simultaneous elemental analysis of most elements in periodic table from Na to U by X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer. It is fast and does not require a time-consuming sample digestion as ICP.

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Elemental carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen (CHNS-O) using a UNICUBE (Elementar)) Elemental Analyzer with thermal conductivity detector (TCD).


Soilmoisture PM Compressor
Moisture retention curve or water release characteristic curve, available water capacities, wilting point, air capacity using Soilmoisture PM Compressor FSM Jenny Pressure Plate Apparatus capable 0 to 15 bar pressure.

Hydraulic Conductivities:
Saturated and/or unsaturated hydraulic conductivity/diffusivity by constant and falling head method and ku-pF Apparatus DT 04-01 UGT model (the only one of its kind in USA)

Muffle furnace

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


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