Tour the Labs

The Environmental Chemistry Laboratories at the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) are laboratories which are dedicated to environmental analysis and Research. Laboratory areas are available for routine environmental analysis and advanced research projects that involve AWRI staff, University faculty, post doctoral fellows, graduate students, and student assistants. These laboratories have been designed and equipped for sample preparation, general chemistry, inorganic, and organic instrumental analysis.

AWRI's laboratories work on a wide variety of projects for local, state, and federal governmental agencies, private industry, and local citizen groups. Projects range in scope from the analysis of individual water samples, to conducting environmental fate and transport studies, analytical method development, nutrient dynamics in aquatic systems, and focused investigations of local and regional pollution problems.

Our mission is to conduct environmental research that addresses significant issues and concerns related to our region and the Great Lakes.

Current Laboratory Facilities & Instrumentation

Dionex IC

SEAL Analytical AQ2 Discrete Auto Analyzer for analysis of Nitrate/Nitrite, Ortho-phosphate, Total Phosphorus, Ammonia, TKN, Silica, and more.

Ion Chromatograph for the analysis of Anions, Cations, Nutrients, and Organic Acids.

High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (LCMS) for the analysis of Cyanobacteria Toxins.


Flame/Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer for trace metal analysis.

Elemental Analyzer for the analysis of Carbon and Nitrogen in solid matrixes.

Soxhlet Extractors for Fish Contaminant analysis.

Tox Manifold

Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer for the analysis of PCB and PBDE Congeners, and PAH compounds.

Sediment Toxicity/Incubation Room with semi-automated water addition/withdrawal manifold system.

E. coli
Stat Fax

Colilert Quanti-Tray 2000© System for E. coli and Total Coliform Microbial Analysis.

Stat Fax® 3200 Micro-plate Photometer

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