Laboratory equipment

Hydrochemistry and contaminants laboratory

The hydrochemistry and contaminants laboratory of the CHYN disposes of a wide range of analytical methods to characterize the general hydrochemical composition of groundwater and the occurrence of organic and inorganic contaminants. The laboratory specializes in particularly in the analysis of stable isotopes in water and organic contaminants using mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy methods.

Parameter Method
Major ion analysis Ionic chromatography: Dionex DX-120, ICS 1600; Titrano Tirator
Fluorescence spectroscopy Perkin Elmer LS50B Fluorescence Spectrometer
Organic compounds in water Thermo Trace GC with Thermo DSQII-MS; Agilent 8790 GC with 5975C Mass Sensitive Detector; Agilent 7890B GC with 5977B Mass Sensitive Detector
Stable isotopes in water Picarro L2130 - i (enhanced absorption analyzer for liquid water samples)
Compounds-specific isotope analysis (C, H) Thermo Trace GC with GC-Combustion III interface and ThermoFinnigan Delta Plus XP IRMS; Agilent 7890A GC with GC5 interface and Isoprime 100 IRMS

Geothermics laboratory

Parameter Method
Thermal capacity Geowatt CPG
Thermal conductivity Teka TK04
Electrical conductivity Solatron SI-1260

Laboratory Assistant

Vicent Gruber

Phone: +41 (0) 32 718 25 89