The University of Washington Analytical Service Center is an independent chemical analysis center, performing analyses for research and education related to environment, forest, ecology and agriculture. Advanced instrumentation within the center is capable of analyzing soil, plant and aqueous samples for physical, biological and chemical properties.
The Center instrumentation is chosen based upon different analytical requests, research projects and class requests. Sample preparation is available for samples if needed. All methods follow EPA or standard analytical methods and QC samples are used to assure quality. The center is certified by The State of Washington, Department of Ecology and serves customers both on and off the UW campus.
The center is equipped with advanced instruments to test available and total nutrients and trace metals. The center supplies quick, accurate results to all customers.
Dongsen Xue, manager of the Analytical Service Center, a BS and MS in soil chemistry and over 30 years of experience working analytical laboratories.The Analytical Service Center is located in Bloedel – 208 at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences on the University of Washington campus. The center can be reached at 206-543-4691.
Examples of analyses performed at the Analytical Service Center include:
Available NH4, NO3 and PO4
Anions in Water Cl, Br, F, SO4
Metals Al, As, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, P, Pb, S, Se, Si, Zn, Ag
Total C, H, and N
Total Organic Carbon and Inorganic Carbon
Instrumentation available includes:
Ion Chromatography Dionex 120: Cl, F, Br, NO3, PO4, and SO4
ICAP 61E Model, Thermo Jarrell Ash Co.: 22 major nutrients and trace elements
CHN Analyzer 2400 Model, PERKIN ELMER Co.: Total carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen
Auto-Analyzer, 500 Model Perstorp Analytical Co.: NH4 and NO3
Spectrophotometer and Extraction Machine: CEC
TOC/TN Analyzer: Total organic carbon, inorganic carbon, and total nitrogen in solution
ICP Thermo Scientific Inc. 6300
Shimadzu Gas Chromatograph
Mercury analyzer, EC, spectrophotometer, extraction machine, and dissolved O2 meters also are available to use
Ovens, drying racks, sieves and other basic sample preparation materials are available