Infrastructure

Mass spectrometry of stable isotopes of elements

Determination of the isotopic composition of light elements (H, C, N, O and S) and heavy elements such as Sr, Pb and Hg in solid, liquid and gaseous samples from the environment, food (e.g. oil, milk, honey, wine, fruit juices, aromas, fruits and vegetables) and archaeological samples (e.g. collagen, ceramics).

  • Europa Scientific 20-20
    Europa Scientific 20-20
  • Finnigan MAT DELTA plus
    Finnigan MAT DELTA plus
  • IsoPrime100 - Vario PYRO Cube (OH/CNS Pyrolyser/Elemental Analyser)
    IsoPrime100 - Vario PYRO Cube (OH/CNS Pyrolyser/Elemental Analyser)
  • IsoPrime GV
    IsoPrime GV
  • Nu Instruments Multicolector ICP-MS
    Nu Instruments Multicolector ICP-MS

Mass spectrometry of organic substances

  • Analysis of trace-level persistent and new emerging contaminants in environmental samples (sediment, air, water, biological tissues).
  • Fate and cycling of organic contaminants in the environment (bioaccumulation, transformation, biodegradation, photodegradation,…).
  • Determination of transformation products formed during water treatment and environmental breakdown processes.
  • Analysis of specific biomarkers and determination of their source in the environment by using stable isotopes.
  • GC-IT-MS
    GC-IT-MS
  • GC-MSD
    GC-MSD
  • LC-Qtof
    LC-Qtof
  • LC-Qtrap
    LC-Qtrap

Radiochemistry and radioecology

  • Use of research nuclear reactor TRIGA Mark II enables utilization of neutron activation analyses for determination of content of chemical elements in environmental, biological and industrial samples.
  • The radioecology field encompass research related to cycling, transformations and mobility of natural radionuclides in ecosystems and on contaminated areas, plant uptake studies and development of methods for environmental biomonitoring.
  • Research related to radon and its short-lived decay products is focused on air from living and occupational environment (households, kindergartens, schools, different working places, spas, karstic caves, mines) and for determination of radon sources with its temporal and spatial distribution in different media (air, surface and groundwater, seawater).
  • Canberra Alpha Analyst spectrometer
    Canberra Alpha Analyst spectrometer
  • Canberra LB4100
    Canberra LB4100
  • Canberra and Ortec
    Canberra and Ortec
  • PerkinElmer' QUANTULUS 1220
    PerkinElmer' QUANTULUS 1220
  • Radon detectors
    Radon detectors
  • TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor
    TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor

Bioanalytics

Infrastructure for bio-analytics brings together molecular biology and microbiolgy techniques with analytical chemistry, providing inter-disciplinary approach for investigating the basic metabolic processes in humans and the environemnt, which allows us to predict different environmental impacts. Molecular tools (see services) together with analytical chemistry systems enable the analyses of human microbiota, the composition, transformations and functions of microbial communities in the environment, (epi)genetic and phenotypic variability between individuals. Studies of microbial communities are focused primarily on microorganisms that reside in colloid liquids and are in tight physical contact with humans or indirectly influence its metabolism. In the human population, our efforts are focused on understading the functioning of environmental pollutants (metals, metalloids, persistent organic pollutanta, etc) or pharmaceuticals and their effect on individuals. In particular, we are interested in susceptibility of individuals (higher vs. lower) to the presence of a specific stressor in their body.

  • Bioanalitics
    DNA isolation, ampification and sequencing
  • Bioanalitics
    Microscopy, microfluidics and culturing of bacterial cells
  • Bioanalitics
    Characterization and surface modification of bacteria

Multi-element analysis and speciation of trace elements

  • HPLC with hydride and atomic fluorescense spectrometry
    HPLC with hydride and atomic fluorescense spectrometry
  • ICP-MS
    ICP-MS
  • Laser Ablation
    Laser Ablation
  • MERX Hg speciation unit
    MERX Hg speciation unit
  • Pfeiffer Quadropole MS
    Pfeiffer Quadropole MS
  • Tekran 2600 Hg analyser
    Tekran 2600 Hg analyser