Brief profile of SEES laboratory

The SEES laboratory is an integral part of the academic programs at the School of Ecology and Environment Studies, Nalanda University. It is used both by master’s students and doctoral researchers. The laboratory has two wings: dry and wet, respectively. It has state-of-the-art facilities to support a considerable range of research endeavours.

The dry lab is equipped with computational and software resources, including capabilities for remote sensing data analysis and Geographic Information System (GIS), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Data Analytics, and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA).

The inventory in the wet wing spans from UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, TOC Analyzer, Kjeldahl Analyzer, fume hood, microwave, optical microscope, oven, muffle furnace, refrigerator, BOD incubator, COD incubator, sieve shaker, balances, column setup, water distillation unit, stirrers, and desiccators. These help in the analysis of plant, water, soil and air and primarily cater to the analytical needs of in-house students and researchers. Parameters that are commonly analysed include the pH, EC, TDS, DO, TOC, TN, and heavy metals directly measured or determined via titration or spectrophotometric techniques in potable water. Soil sample analysis for physical and chemical properties and micrometeorological measurements.

Furthermore, the lab is equipped to characterize nano- and micro-sized contaminants and conduct small-scale contaminant transport experiments. For field-scale investigations, the laboratory provides an extensive array of hydrogeological information, including water level data, groundwater flow patterns, and hydraulic conductivity measurements. We also offer analytical measurements of water quality parameters (e.g., pH, EC, TDS, DO) and facilitate ecological measurements through tools such as GPS, camera traps, and binoculars. An assortment of field equipment, including soil samplers and diggers, is available for various field studies.

The lab is continuously being upgraded. We look forward to having a couple more pieces of equipment (e.g., AAS, ICP-MS, Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor)

Extent of Lab Utilization

The SEES Laboratory plays a pivotal role in supporting educational programs by facilitating experiments across a multitude of courses. These courses encompass Environmental Pollution, Environmental Hydrology, Contaminant Hydrology, Waste Management, and Nanomaterials in Soil Environment. The laboratory’s instrumental capabilities are extensively utilized for soil, water, and air analysis, with many instruments actively employed.

The laboratory is a vibrant hub for students pursuing Master’s dissertations. These students are engaged in diverse research projects involving extensive lab or field experiments. The scope of their work varies, and some opt for independent study opportunities focused on lab-related activities. To ensure proper record-keeping, logbooks have been introduced for major instruments like the TOC Analyzer, Kjeldahl Analyzer, and Spectrophotometer. Additionally, students have the option to borrow smaller field equipment, including GPS devices, field-level pH and EC meters, and water-level meters, for use in select courses. For borrowed equipment, logbooks are meticulously maintained to track their usage.

Safety Features

Safety is of paramount importance in the SEES Laboratory, and stringent measures are in place to safeguard both students and staff. A Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) register is diligently maintained for all chemicals used within the laboratory, ensuring that safety information is readily accessible. In addition, a fire extinguisher has been recently installed as an added precautionary measure. We uphold rigorous safety protocols, especially when handling concentrated acids, strong bases, and other potentially hazardous chemicals. Students are consistently reminded to work in the presence of lab staff, particularly when utilizing specialized instruments.

Facilities available at SEES laboratory

Sl. No. Instrument Name Make
1 Hot plate (Model 4030) Spinot
2 Pycnometer: 50 ml capacity Borosil
3 Direct drive stirrer Akhil lab equipment
4 Fume Hood (Model – IIC 149B) Icon Instrument Company
5 Muffle Furnace Icon Instrument Company
6 Laboratory Oven (125L), PID Icon Instrument Company
7 Laboratory Oven (200L), PID Icon Instrument Company
8 BOD Incubator Labpro International
9 Digital colony meter (IIC-121) Icon Instrument Company
10 COD Digestion Apparatus Instrumex
11 Sieve Shaker and Sieves (IIC-156) Icon Instrument Company
12 Spectrophotometer Agilent Technologies
13 Refrigerator (LARGE)( 415LIT) Samsung
14 Microwave oven(28L) Samsung
15 GPS (ETREX 20) Gramin
16 Thermometer Zeal
17 Weather monitoring system micro comm
18 Interval sampler spectrum chromatography
19 4 channel peristaltic pump IDEX health & science
20 Fraction collector spectrum chromatography
21 Micro Pipette Eppendorf
22 Hand-operated Vacuum pump Nalgene
23 Flame photometer chemiline tecnologies
24 Heavy duty centrifuge Remi sales & Engineering Ltd.
25 Macro balance AND Japan
26 Stereo Zoom Microscope Carl Zeiss Microscopy Gmbh
27 Thermometer (Handy) Testo
28 Water level meter Rugged Water Level Tape 100
29 Remi centrifuge rotor (500) with prop. Tubes Remi
30 Remi centrifuge rotor (250)with prop.tubes Remi
31 Semi Microbalance MS105DU
32 Field binoculars OLYMPUS
33 Ultrasonic cleaner with perforated tray Local
34 Ultrasonic homogenizer Biologics
35 Quartz. Double distillation unit Borosil
36 Multi-parameter Kit pc 450
37 DO meter, field model Cyber Scan DO600
38 PH meter field model ECOTSTR
39 Borewell submersible pumps Crompton
40 0.5 HP Monoblock pump set Crompton
41 Submersible cable 1.5mm diameter Crompton
42 Gate valve Local
43 Handy Air Sampler Envirotech
44 Micro centrifuge with std rotor Tarsons
45 Rotor head Tarsons
46 Car navigator Garmin
47 GPS (ETREX 20) Garmin
48 Camera trap Cuddeback
49 Sampling Cylinders (3cm and 6cm) SMC
50 GPS (ETREX 30) Garmin
51 Camera trap(G1) Cuddeback
52 TOC Analyzer Shimadzu
53 Total Nitrogen unit Shimadzu
54 ASI-L Shimadzu
55 Lenovo desktop Lenovo
56 HP laserjet colour printer HP
57 Zero air cylinders Inox
58 Adsorption types gas purifiers Shimadzu
59 UPS 3Kv Emerson
60 Soil moisture/Ec/Temp sensor Spectrum
61 Watchdog data logger Spectrum
62 Field scout sensor Spectrum
63 Automatic Kjeldahl Analyzer Hannon
64 Graphite digester Hannon
65 Exhausting system Hannon
66 Digital Orbital Shaker Cole Parmer
67 Glassware washer Labconco
68 Soil core sampler SMC
69 Soil samplers SMC
70 Tempe Cell SMC
71 Mono Quartz Distillation with DAPS Borosil
72 Lab Ware Dryer Borosil
73 Magnetic hot plate stirrer Borosil
74 S S Lab Jack 4″ X 4″ (Pk of 1) Tarsons
75 Retort Ring with boss head 3″ Vector
76 Retort Ring with boss head 4″ Vector
77 Retort Base 8″X 5″ Vector
78 Rod for Retort Base Vector
79 Vortex Mixer Borosil
80 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer Lovibond
81 Water Purification System Sartorious
82 Turbidity meter El
83 Microprocessor flame photometer ESICO
84 Water bath Rescholar
85 Glassware Dryer Labquest, Borosil
Major Computational Software
1 ERDAS Hexagon
3 SimaPro (Faculty Free Version) PRe Sustainability
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