General Laboratory

The General Laboratory is equipped to do basic laboratory sampling and processing work.

The General Laboratory is equipped to do basic laboratory sampling and processing work.

Along with the standard Craftsman drill press and bandsaw, this laboratory also has Mark V Laboratory CS600 sectioning saws that can be fitted with various blades to section hard materials. The Allegra X-22R Centrifuge is fitted with fixed-angle and swinging rotors, and also has refrigeration capabilities (-20°C to +40°C). It can reach a maximum speed of 15,500 rpm and 22,065 x g. Acid and organic fume hoods enable safe handling of chemical reagents.

FOR has a laboratory water purification system that produces reverse-osmosis, de-ionized water. The laboratory is set-up with a Miele dishwasher that uses RO/DI water to produce particle-free glassware. RO/DI water is also used in conjunction with the laser particle counter to prevent noise that can arise from counting ions in water.