Analytical Services Unit

Analytical Services Unit
Analytical Services Unit


From the ASUs core principal of 'continuous improvement' we are constantly striving to update and acquire new scientific instrumentation and develop our existing methodology. Equipment at the ASU is obtained through collaborative ventures or from funds generated from sample analysis and government project work.

Equipment such as the GPC (Gel Permeation Chromatographic) unit below was obtained in a collaborative venture with Professor Barb Zeeb (Royal Military College).

J2 Scientific Accuprep MPS


"The AccuPrep MPS for GPC Cleanup performs cleanup of a wide range of sample matrices including foods, tissues, grains, plants and environmental samples such as soil, sludge, and hazardous waste for EPA (SW-846 Method 3640A), CLP, FDA, USDA and USDI analysis.

The new AccuPrep MPS has the core features that previous AccuPrep systems have been known for: Solvent Level Sensing warns when solvent is low and pauses operation if the level is not replenished; Probe Tracking feature minimizes probe contact with the sample and increases rinsing efficiency; and Septum Piercing allows sample and collect vials to be sealed, ensuring the integrity of the sample".

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The ASU maintains this equipment and is responsible for running samples related to the professors work and assisting the professors students to process their samples. In return the ASU uses this equipment for other projects as they become available. The J2 Scientific Accuprep MPS unit above has a 1 meter methylene chloride column, loaded with s-X3 Biobeads. The unit is primarily used to separate plant lipids from PCBs. The extracts are then quantitated for PCB concentration.

For a more detailed list of ASU instrumentation select the relevant link from the instrumentation drop down menu.