Analytical Chemistry

The Analytical Chemistry Department supports chemical analyses of solid and liquid samples, for quality control or R&D purposes.

Our laboratory services include (among others) the following activities:

  • Environmental control and characterization (water, sludge, waste, soil sampling and testing).
  • Microbiological water analysis.
  • Analytical services for raw materials, intermediate and finished products concerning aluminium, copper, steel, zinc, etc.
  • Trace elements analysis.
  • Migration testing in food packaging.

Techniques applied (among others) include:

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS), with Graphite Furnace (GFAAS) and Hydride generator (HGAAS)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrophotometry (ICP)
  • Ion Chromatography (IC)
  • Ultra Violet – Visible Spectrophotometry (UV-VIS)
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)

Equipment

DESCRIPTION
CAPACITIES
APPLICATION
Atomic Absorption Spectrometers (AAS) PERKIN ELMER AAnalyst 800
(2 instruments)
Flame (FAAS), Graphite Furnace (GFAAS), Hydride Generator (HGAAS).
Quantitative mono-element analysis down to ppb levels
Accurate elemental determination of liquid and solid samples
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Photometers (ICP-OES)
PERKIN ELMER Optima 7300DV and PERKIN ELMER Optima 4300DV
Quantitative multi-element analysis down to ppb levelsAccurate elemental determination of liquid and solid samples
High Performance Liquid Chromatographer (HPLC)
DIONEX P680 Pump + PDA-100 Photodiode Array Detector
Deuterium lamp (UV range 190nm to 800nm) and tungsten lamp (VIS range 380nm to 800nm)Quantitative Analysis of low volatility liquids
Gas Chromatographer/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)
PERKIN ELMER Autosystem XL + Turbomass Gold
FID & ECD detectorsQuantitative Analysis of high volatility liquids
Ionic Chromatographer (IC)
DIONEX DX-120
Anion determination: F-, Cl-, NO2-, Br-, NO3-, PO43- , SO42- and cation determination: Li+, Na+, Mg2+, NH4+, Ca2+, K+Ion determination in aqueous solutions (drinking water, waste water)
Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometer (UV/VIS) PERKIN ELMER Lambda 20UDouble beam, wave length range: 190-1100nmDetermination of ions, transition metals and organic compounds in aqueous solutions and metals
Flamephotometer SHERWOOD 410Measuring range in liquid samples: 0-100mg/lDetermination of alkalis (K, Na, Ca) by emission spectroscopy in low concentrations in propane flame. Applicable also for materials that present interferences from easily ionized elements (i.e. Al alloys)
Photometers MERCK Spectroquant® NOVA 60 (2 instruments) +
Thermoreactors MERCK Spectroquant® TR 620 (2 instruments)
Analysis of more than 170 parametersRoutine water analysis (waste water, drinking water)
Quanti-Tray® and Quanti-Disc® microbial test kits IDEXXAnalysis of heterotrophic bacteria, total coliforms, e-coli, enterococci, pseudomonas aeruginosaMicrobial analysis in drinking water
Jaw Crusher FRITSCH PULVERISETTE 1Maximum continuous throughput: 140-200 kg/h
Maximum particle size of feed material: 60-95mm
Final particle size: 1-15mm
Fast pre-crushing of hard, medium-hard and brittle materials
Planetary Ball Mill FRITSCH PULVERISETTE 6 Useful Capacity: 10-125ml sample volume
Maximum particle size of feed material: 10mm
Final particle size: ~1μm
Fast and precise milling of dry samples
Sieving device RETSCH AS 200 and series of vibrating sievesMaximum particle size of feed material: 25mm
Opening lattice diameter of available sieves: 16mm down to 45μm
Dry sieving – grain size distribution of crushed materials

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