Earth and Environment Analysis Laboratory

Chemical and physical analyses of environmental agricultural and geological materials

UWA's Earth and Environment Analysis Laboratory (EEAL) is located within the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment (SAgE). It is a Faculty of Science (FoS) Core Facility and charged with providing a range of analytical services to the FoS and broader University communities in areas of interest to environmental, agricultural and earth scientists and students.

Our experienced and highly skilled staff (includes four graduate chemists) ensure instruments and analytical protocols meet rigorous scientific standards through implementation of quality management systems, inter-laboratory proficiency exercises and application of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

Our services

We offer our clients an array of analytical techniques and services including nutrient analysis of soil and water, elemental analysis of soil, water and plant material, geochemical analysis, particle size analysis and acid-sulphate soil assessment using modern instrumental techniques including:

  • Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)
  • Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GF-AAS)
  • Flow injection analysis
  • Suppressed Ion Chromatography
  • Carbon Nitrogen Analyser
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyser (TOC)
  • Laser Diffraction PSA
  • Various spectrophotometric, fluorometric, electrochemical and classical methods

A particular focus is our capacity to develop specialist analyses for research-oriented clients, a service not readily available from private sector providers. A current example here is the characterisation of sub-nanomolar level nutrients in open-ocean systems.

Facility access

SAgE staff and research students comprise the facility's core cliental, however, potential clients from the FoS and broader UWA and WA communities are also invited to access our services.

In addition to providing comprehensive analytical services we are also able to provide training to suitable staff or students to prepare materials for analysis and operate certain analytical platforms.

We are also available to advise students on techniques appropriate for their research project and provide guidance designing novel protocols or optimise existing protocols from the scientific literature.

See contact details below.

Download the analysis request form


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Contact Mr Michael Smirk, Senior Research Officer

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