Geochemistry Teaching Lab
The Geochemistry Teaching Laboratory is a shared department resource with equipment to train users in the analysis of water samples for dissolved ion and trace metal analyses, the analysis of atmospheric gases, and the digestion of solid materials (i.e., soil, rock, bone, shell) for the analysis of trace metals in solution. Additional capabilities are also possible.
Instrumentation in the Geochemistry Teaching Classroom
Geochemistry Classroom Project Examples
- Effects of outdoor rock climbing on the geochemical composition of cliff soils
- Influence of urban runoff contamination on water quality of a public spring in Knoxville
- Trace metal analysis of acidic volcanic hydrothermal systems
- Texture and clay mineralogy of Ag Research and Education Center soils
- ICP-OES analysis of trace metal distribution across the Cordillera Blanca Shear Zone
- Historical comparison of groundwater from Area 2 in the Y-12 National Security Complex
- Trace element incorporation in Echinometra lucunter
- Major ion chemistry changes during extracellular enzyme degradation experiments
Who can use the lab?
Individual laboratory sessions and periodically offered courses provide experiential training to undergraduate and graduate students in the use of the classroom instrumentation and in theoretical and applied geochemical methods. Outside of traditional courses, instruments in the classroom and the space are available for students and/or faculty and staff who would like to conduct independent research and have received the appropriate training.
All users are required to have recently completed Laboratory Safety Training, provided by Environmental Health and Safety, and site-specific training. Students also receive site-specific training as part of a University Registered Course. Depending on the type of research to be conducted, training could take several days, to weeks, to over a month, and proficiency in any of the analytical methods and equipment use, as well as proper data analysis, could take several months.
There is no technical staff support for this teaching laboratory and no turn-key analyses are available. If analytical services are needed, then people should contact the University of Tennessee’s Water Quality Core Facility (WQCF).