Equipment List

Equipment List

Equipment List

Note: The EQ Lab is not a commercial facility. We assist research programs for our staff, students, colleagues and collaborators. There are three tiers of user charges depending on whether you belong to Environmental Science, the University, or are an external user, and also depending on consumables and labour time. If you wish to use the laboratory or its equipment, please contact facilities manager Russell Field – russell.field@mq.edu.au

Sample Retrieval

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Environmental Monitoring Unit (EMU)Mobile research laboratory housing power supply, sample preparation equipment and analytical equipment such as XRF or XRD.Environmental Monitoring Unit (EMU)
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Melvelle Model 123AN Super Rig, mounted on tandem-axle box trailer.Site investigation using push tube coring with hydraulic hammer and NMLC holding barrel, augering and W-C and diamond coring. The drill string can also be readily used as a hand coring system.This rig is for sale – contact us!Melvelle Model 123AN Super Rig, mounted on tandem-axle box trailer.
The rig stripped down for helicopter flight
Melvelle Model 123AN Super Rig, mounted on tandem-axle box trailer.
The rig on Marine Plain, Antarctica
Geoprobe 54LT tracked direct push drill rigProbing sediment to <10 m depthGeoprobe 54LT tracked direct push drill rig
Trailer mounted backhoe (Navihoe)Digging trenches to 2.5 m depth

Sample decomposition & preparation

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Fritsch “Pulverisette 19” cutting mill with tungsten carbide blades and cyclonic extraction/filtration unit.Shredding fibrous/ductile materials (printed circuit boards, plastics, organics). The extraction unit is filtered at 0.3 µm allowing safe comminution of organic samples.Fritsch “Pulverisette 19” cutting mill with tungsten carbide blades and cyclonic extraction/filtration unit.
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Fritsch “Pulverisette 6” planetary ball mill with silicon nitride (x 2) and zirconium oxide (x 1) bowls.Pulverising large soil samples for analysis as powders or preparation for dissolution.Fritsch “Pulverisette 6” planetary ball mill with silicon nitride (x 2) and zirconium oxide (x 1) bowls.
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Retsch MM-301 Mixer Mill with 4 tungsten carbide vials.Pulverising small soil samples for analysis as powders or preparation for dissolution.Retsch MM-301 Mixer Mill with 4 tungsten carbide vials.
Fritsch “Pulverisette 0” vibratory micro mill with tungsten carbide mortar and ballPulverising small samples for analysis as powders or preparation for dissolution.Fritsch “Pulverisette 0” vibratory micro mill with tungsten carbide mortar and ball
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Anton-Paar Multiwave 3000 microwaveMicrowave-assisted decomposition of materials in teflon pressure vessels (note rotors and acid scrubbers below microwave).Anton-Paar Multiwave 3000 microwave
Hach Digesdahl (with full Azlon shield)Decomposition of organic samples by a sulphuric acid-peroxide mixture.Hach Digesdahl (with full Azlon shield)
Herzog 20 tonne PressMaking pressed powder pellets for XRF analysis.Herzog 20 tonne Press
Simplimet 3000 thermal press with 30 mm & 40 mm moulds.Pressing plastics into pellets for analysis using XRF or IR spectroscopy.Simplimet 3000 thermal press with 30 mm & 40 mm moulds.
Nalgene desiccators (x3; 4 tray)Keeping XRF samples and standards dry.Nalgene desiccators (x3; 4 tray)

Sample analysis

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PANalytical Epsilon 3-50XL. 50 kV transportable X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer with Rh anode tube.Elemental analysis of solids and liquids from F-U; measures K lines up to Sb (and including a few of the Lanthanides if they are above detection limit). The XL signifies an extra high lid, to enable measurement of large samples such as archaeological artefacts or eWaste.PANalytical Epsilon 3-50XL. 50 kV transportable X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer with Rh anode tube.
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PANalytical MiniPal4 30 kV X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer with Mo anode tubeElemental analysis of solids and liquids from Al-U; measures K lines up to Zr.PANalytical MiniPal4 30 kV X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer with Mo anode tube
Bruker S2 PicoFox XRF spectrometer with Mo anode tubeSub-ppm analysis of trace elements in liquids from Al to U.Bruker S2 PicoFox XRF spectrometer with Mo anode tube
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PANalytical X’Pert Pro MPD with parallel beam and Bragg-Brentano focussing mirror, capillary and multi-purpose sample stage. For routine samples there is a 45 position autosampler.Qualitative and quantitative determination of minerals in loose powders, pellets and thin adhesive films, small samples and large samples such as archaeological artefacts.PANalytical X’Pert Pro MPD with parallel beam and Bragg-Brentano focussing mirror, capillary and multi-purpose sample stage. For routine samples there is a 45 position autosampler.
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In Xitu Terra portable XRD.In field or laboratory determination of minerals in powdered samples.In Xitu Terra portable XRD.
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Hach DR-2500, DR-2800 and DR-4000 laboratory spectrophotometersAnalysis of ions in water.DR-4000
DR-4000
DR-2500
DR-2500
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Metrohm 761 Compact ion chromatographMeasurement of mono-and divalent ions in water.Metrohm 761 Compact ion chromatograph
IC AutosamplerSample delivery to ion chromatograph.IC Autosampler
Metrohm 757 VA ComputraceQuantification and speciation of metals in water via anode stripping voltammetry.Metrohm 757 VA Computrace

Soil Hydraulics

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Volumetric soil moisture probeIn-situ measurement of soil moisture.
Darcy apparatusEx-situ measurement of hydraulic conductivity of porous materials.Darcy apparatus
In situ level loggers (x 2)Recording Pressure (water level) and temperature in water to 15 m depth. The loggers are vented via the cable so no correction is required for atmospheric pressure. With 2 AA batteries data can be logged for more than 1 year.In situ level loggers (x 2)
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YSI 600 XLM multi parameter sondeLogging water quality data in marine and freshwater (depth, conductivity, pH, ORP). The sonde is non-vented and can be used to 50 m depth. With 4 AA batteries, it can log data for 1 month if acquired every 15 minutes.YSI 600 XLM multi parameter sonde

General Labware

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Millipore Elix Type II water systemProvision of deionised water.Millipore Elix Type II water system
Millipore Synergy Type I water systemProvision of ultrapure, Type I, 16 MOhm.cm water.Millipore Synergy Type I water system
Portable water quality metersVarious Hanna and Denver meters for pH, ORP, DO, ammonia and conductivity.Portable water quality meters
Portable water quality meters
Pipettes (x4 of each; 0.1-10 mL, 10-200 µL, 1-20 µL)Dispensing a range of liquids.Pipettes (x4 of each; 0.1-10 mL, 10-200 µL, 1-20 µL)
Ratek Orbital Platform mixer (OM6, OM7)Mixing aqueous samples.Ratek Orbital Platform mixer (OM6, OM7)
Sanyo MIR-253 Freeze-thaw incubator.
250 L capacity, 5 shelf. Lockable, with instrument port in the side.
Cycling materials from -10 C to +20 C. Programmable to 99 cycles.Sanyo MIR-253 Freeze-thaw incubator. 250 L capacity, 5 shelf. Lockable, with instrument port in the side.
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