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Organic Analytical and Nutrient Laboratory (OANL)

GLIER has the distinction of housing one of the few university-based environmental analytical laboratories in Canada accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) to International Standards of Performance. 

The following test method is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Standard by CALA.

Tissue (Organic)
Chlorobenzenes (CB)/Organochlorine Pesticides (OCP) Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) - Biological Tissue GC/MS

a-Chlordane; Heptachlor epoxide; Mirex; trans-Nonachlor; p,p’-DDE

PCB 28; PCB 31; PCB 33; PCB 44; PCB 49; PCB 52; PCB 87; PCB 99; PCB 101; PCB 105; PCB 110; PCB 118; PCB 128; PCB 138; PCB 149; PCB 153; PCB 132; PCB 180; PCB 183; PCB 194; PCB 201; PCB 206

We will extend our scope of accreditation in the near future by including nutrient analysis methods in the current accreditation.

Since 1997, the Organic Analytical section has been accredited for Organochlorine Pesticides and PCB congeners from the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA). We have conducted analytical tests for governmental agencies and educational institutions within North America and throughout the world. We perform a wide range of analyses for organic pollutants such as Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) including planar & non-coplanar, OC Pesticides, PAHs, PBDEs, Dioxins/Furans and volatile Organic Halogens from environmental samples.

Equipment

Agilent 7890B GC System with 5977B MSD
Inert Plus MSD Turbo EI/CI includes Extractor EI Source; PCI & NCI acquisition modes; Mass range 1.6–1,050 amu; GC-MS acquisition and data analysis software Agilent MassHunter

Agilent 7890A GC System with FID & Micro ECD detectors
Capillary columns; Windows based data system operating software Agilent CHEMSTATION

Agilent 6890 GC System with FID & Micro ECD detectors
Capillary columns; Windows based data system operating software Agilent CHEMSTATION

Agilent 6890 GC System with HP 5973 MSD
HP Capillary GC-MSD 6890/5973 equipped with 7673 auto sampler, Electron Ionization (EI) full-scan mode and selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode with quadrupole analyzer; mass range 1.6 - 800 amu; operates Windows based data system (HP CHEMSTATION software)

Our Nutrient Analysis section is a multi-user, Central Laboratory located in GLIER. Water samples collected from aquatic bodies, including, lakes, rivers, natural ponds, and stormwater ponds, can be analyzed for the following parameters & tests: Soluble Reactive Phosphate as Phosphorus, Total Dissolved Phosphate as Phosphorus, Total Phosphate as Phosphorus, Nitrate-Nitrite as Nitrogen, Nitrite as Nitrogen, Ammonia Nitrogen, Chloride, Sulfate, Silica, TKN (HACH method), Fluoride (HACH method), Total Carbon, Total Organic Carbon, Inorganic Carbon, Non-Purgeable Organic Carbon, Total Nitrogen, Total Suspended Solid (TSS), Total Dissolved Solid (TDS), Alkalinity, pH, oil & grease, Chlorophyll a, Organic matter.

The Horiba AquaLog with a UV-Vis spectrophotometer is capable of generating a matrix file of excitation wavelength, emission wavelength and fluorescence intensity providing a unique fingerprint characteristic of the chemical components in the sample. Excitation Emission Matrices (EEMs) are typically generated on a filtered water sample within the same day of collection. Using multivariate statistical approaches, the EEMs can be used in environmental applications related to tracking dissolved organic carbon species present in tributaries, water mixing zones, wetlands and other source signature profiles.

Equipment

Westco SMARTCHEM 170 Discrete Analyzer (2)
An automated wet chemistry analyzer, equipped with a Nitrate module, fully automated and controlled by SMARTSTART software.

Shimadzu TOC-L with TNM-L and SSM-5000A modules
With ASI-L autosampler; automated catalytic oxidative combustion with NDIR detection, total Nitrogen module uses 720 ºC catalytic thermal decomposition/chemiluminescence methods; Solid Sample module allow TOC measurements in solid samples.

AquaLog from Horiba Scientific Fully automated Spectrofluorometer
It combines both fluorescence and absorbance measurements simultaneously with matching optical bandpass resolution. Horiba AquaLog is capable of generating a matrix file of excitation wavelength, emission wavelength and fluorescence intensity providing a unique fingerprint characteristic of the chemical components in a sample.

 

Laboratory Contact Information:

Laboratory Director: Dr. Ken Drouillard
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
Room 130
Phone: (519) 253.3000 Ext. 4744
Fax: (519) 971.3616 
email: Ken Drouillard (kgd@uwindsor.ca)


Laboratory Co-Director: Dr. Catherine Febria
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
Room 317
Phone: (519) 253.3000 Ext. 4773
Fax: (519) 971.3616 
email:  Catherine Febria Catherine.Febria@uwindsor.ca


Laboratory Head: Nargis Ismail, Ph.D.
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
Room 220
University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253.3000 Ext. 3450
Fax: (519) 971.3616 
email:  Nargis Ismail nargisi@uwindsor.ca


Research Lab Assistant: Jessica Owen
Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
Room 222
University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253.3000 Ext. 3450
Fax: (519) 971.3616
Email: Jess Owen owenj@uwindsor.ca


Hours of Operation:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday