Location: Building 13, Room 114
EPEL is equipped with state-of-the-art analytical instruments for analyzing trace concentrations of important environmental contaminants.
- Gas and liquid chromatography: used for the identification and quantification of toxic organic compounds.
- Ion chromatography: used for analyzing anions and cations in solution.
- UV-Vis Spectrophotometer: Used for a variety of wet-chemical analyses.
The EPEL is used for both undergraduate and graduate courses to reinforce students’ understanding of the fundamental engineering principles inherent to environmental engineering.
- ENVE 534 Advanced Design of Pollution Control Systems: Introduces students to a variety of physical-chemical processes used in environmental protection.
- ENVE 443 Bioenvironmental Engineering I: Covers technologies used in bioremediation of contaminated waste sites.
- ENGR 581-583 Biochemical Engineering I-III: A three-quarter lab sequence in biochemical engineering.
Projects and Research:
EPEL provides bench space and equipment for student research projects in environmental engineering technologies. Lab-scale treatment systems are constructed to simulate emerging physical, chemical, and biological hazardous waste treatment technologies. The lab allows students to discover, integrate, articulate, and apply their knowledge by hands-on study of these technologies and the analytical methods that accompany them.