Laboratory for Ocean Environmental Pollution Analysis and Assessment

Location E11-G016
Academic Staff in charge           Prof. Yongjie LI, Prof. Tianwei HAO, Prof. Ping ZHANG


The Laboratory for Ocean Environmental Pollution Analysis and Assessment of CRO is meant for comprehensive chemical characterization of the occurrence and processes of environmental contaminants in coastal regions.

The lab has various start-of-the-art instruments for environmental analysis and assessment. It is equipped with gas chromatograph flame ionization detection (GC-FID) and gas chromatograph mass spectrometry (GC-MS) for relatively volatile organic contaminants, ion chromatography (IC) conductivity detection for ionic contaminants, liquid chromatography-photodiode array and fluorescence detectors (HPLC-PDA/FLD) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) for polar organic contaminants, and inductively coupled plasma a mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for metallic contaminants.

In addition, several real-time mass spectrometers for particulate matter (PM) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including the time-of-flight aerosol chemical speciation monitor (ToF-ACSM), direct analysis in real time mass spectrometer (DART-MS), and proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer (PTR-MS), are used for online detection of atmospheric pollutants. Other equipment for studying the processes of contamination transport or transformation quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.

Overall, these instruments in the lab can be used to perform comprehensive characterization of pollution in coastal region, spanning from air, water, to soil/sediment, which provides invaluable support for investigation and assessment of the situation of environmental pollution in different compartments of the coastal region


High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Analyze high-boiling, non-volatile, and high molecular weight organic compounds.

Gas Chromatography (GC)
Detect vaporized mixtures or gases.

Ion Chromatography (IC)
Gauge inorganic anions/cations and organic acids.

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)
Measure more than 70 elements, such as Cr, Ni, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ca, Mg, Als, Cd, Pb and Ad.

UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (UV)
Application in water and wastewater monitoring: monitoring analysis and comprehensive evaluation of the water system.

Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer
Express the total amount of organic matter.

Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-MS)
Separate various organic components in the mixture and detect them by mass spectrometry.

Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
Separate the vaporized mixtures or gases and identify unknown compounds.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
Analyze almost all elements on the earth (Li-U).

Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (TOF-MS)
Investigate the dynamic chemical process between particles and surrounding gas and other particles.

Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D)
Detect the quality, thickness and structure changes of the molecular layer in real time, and can be used for all-round molecular adsorption and desorption, film swelling and cross-linking research.

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)
Study the properties of free radicals, crystal defects and new magnetic materials.