Applied Chemistry Laboratory

This 1,000 sq. ft. applied chemistry lab supports research in nutrition and chemical contaminants, including investigations into the properties of food matrices related to the content and profile of antioxidant compounds and their effect on human health, as well as food safety related contaminant issues, such as acrylamide, melamine, pesticides and mycotoxins in food that may help improve food processing mitigation strategies. IFSH member Agilent Technologies is a collaborative partner in the renovation and has outfitted the lab with several pieces of equipment.

Facility Highlights Include

  • Four large bench areas with three new and modern hoods for additional chemical and extraction processing
  • Agilent rapid resolution liquid chromatograph (RRLC) with 6460 triple quadrupole (QQQ) mass spectrometer (MS); Agilent 1100 HPLC with 6500 time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS); two Agilent 1100 HPLCs with diode array and fluorescence detection; Agilent 7890 GC with 5975 single quadrupole MS; and Agilent 7890 GC with 7000 triple quadrupole MS, for pesticide, mycotoxin, drug residue and phenolic antioxidant research. 
  • Agilent 7000 inductive coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (ICP-MS), 7696A sample prep workbench and bioanalyzer, for analysis of heavy metals and other elements, fatty acid profiling and species identification of fish.
  • Varian ICP with optical emission (OE) spectrometer, for nanotechnology research
  • Shimadzu GC-MS with CTC headspace autosampler, for use in proficiency testing and FERN initiatives

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