Director: Metin Duran, PhD, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Focus: Engaged in research and education in the applied microbiology and aquatic chemistry area as it relates engineering solutions to public health and environmental protection.
- Public health microbiology (microbial water quality and microbial source tracking) and biological processes for waste management (anaerobic processes and biofuel from waste).
- Remediation of recalcitrant contaminants and pathogens in drinking water and wastewater by the development of novel electrochemical and catalytic technologies.
- Quantifying and removing trace contaminants (e.g., disinfection byproducts, hormones, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products) in natural waters.
The Environmental Engineering Laboratory facilities include:
1. Core Genomics Laboratory (CEER 106 and 108), featuring:
- Applied Biosystems 7300 RT-PCR system
- Shimadzu BioSpec-mini UV-Vis
- Spectrophotometer optimized for rapid quantification of RNA, DNA, and proteins
- NanoDrop spectrophotometer for quantification of RNA and DNA in microliter sample volumes
- Microscopy suite with a Leica DM2000 upright microscope and a Leica DMI3000 inverted microscope, equipped with epifluorescent illumination and a Q-Imaging Retiga-SRV cooled CCD camera for imaging of cells and molecular probes
- Eppendorf 5417R refrigerated high-speed mini centrifuge
- Milli-Q Biocell water purification system that supplies RNAase free water
- Beckman-Coulter Vi-CELLTM cell viability analyzer
- Molecular Dynamics Gemini EM fluorescence plate reader
- Shimadzu HPLC with UV-Vis detector
- Sonicator for cell lysis
- Ultra-low freezer (-85oC); a basic freezer (-20oC); and a crushed ice maker
2. The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Laboratory (CEER 306), featuring:
- A 110-ft2 environmental room maintained at 35 ±2oC for research related to anaerobic processes
- Analytical infrastructure incorporating several molecular biology tools, including PCR, FAME, and gel electrophoresis
- 10-ft anaerobic glove box for strict anaerobe culturing
3. The Analytical Laboratory (CEER Room 311), featuring:
- Hewlett Packard gas chromatograph with mass spectrophometer detector (GC/MS) with ion and electron ionization capabilities
- Two Hewlett Packard 6890 gas chromatographs with flame ionization, thermal conductivity and electron capture detectors
- Shimadzu HPLC with electrochemical and UV detectors
- Dionex DX-600 IC with electrochemical and photodiode array detectors
- Pectronic Genesys 5 variable wavelength scanning UV/Vis spectrophotometer