$176K grant for new scientific equipment

CAPIM was recently granted $176K from the Faculty of Science Investment Fund to purchase scientific equipment that extends and expands our field and laboratory analytical capabilities.  The new equipment will be used to grow priority areas of pollution research within CAPIM, and expand opportunities for industry, government and competitive funding.

The equipment includes:

  • A portable XRF to enable rapid, on site measurement of heavy metals including in soil, surface water, groundwater, wastewater, biosolids, compost, mining wastes and rocks.
  • Sound Level Meter to enable real-time noise pollution monitoring in the field
  • Microwave ETHOS Easy digestion system laboratory equipment that enables preparation of complex matrix samples such as polymers (e.g. plastics) and concrete that currently cannot be prepared for elemental analysis on existing analytical equipment.
  • MYRA Liquid Handling System to upgrade our existing equipment for environmental DNA metabarcoding of organisms so that it is more cost and time efficient.

Contact CAPIM if you’d like to discuss potential collaborations using the equipment or if you’re a CAPIM researcher who would like to use the equipment.

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