Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences


The laboratories and facilities of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (EEES) at Clemson University are located at two main locations: (1) approximately 8 miles off campus at the L. G. Rich Environmental Laboratory (342 Computer Court, Anderson, SC 29625) and (2) in Brackett Hall and the Biosystems Research Complex (BRC) on the main University campus. The Rich Lab is a state-of-the-art 42,000 square foot building housing the main departmental offices as well as classrooms and numerous environmental laboratories. The Brackett Hall location houses offices, classrooms and additional laboratories associated with the Earth sciences, Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Engineering undergraduate programs. The BRC is a research facility housing research groups from a variety of disciplines.

Advanced Materials Center (Rich Laboratory)

The Rich Lab houses laboratory space available for conducting sponsored research in a total of 24 laboratories ranging in size from 300 to over 900 square feet. There are also several dedicated purpose laboratories, including an instrument room equipped various state-of-art instruments listed below, a low-level counting laboratory, a radiochemical separations laboratory, an organic separations laboratory, a biotechnology laboratory, a laminar-flow clean room, an aquifer characterization lab and a two-story open-bay laboratory, in addition to numerous general purpose laboratories. Also included are research support areas, comprising an autoclave and media preparations room, and a gas cylinder storage area. A loading dock for receiving supplies and environmental samples is conveniently located adjacent to the various storage rooms. The Department also has a machine, fabrication and electronics shop with a full time staff member.

Rich Lab
Additionally, in 1996 Clemson University received a gift from WMX, Inc., the Clemson Technical Center (next door to Rich Lab), which is a premier radioactive and mixed waste technology development and demonstration laboratory. This building was later renamed the Clemson Engineering Technologies Laboratory (CETL). Clemson University is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to conduct research with a range of fission/activation products (for example, 3H, 57Co, 60Co, 90Sr, 99Tc, 137Cs), uranium isotopes (232U, 233U, 234U, 235U, and 238U), and transuranics (238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, 241Pu, 242Pu, 241Am, 237Np, 244Cm, 252Cf). The EEES department maintains three radiochemistry laboratories within the Rich Lab and three radiochemistry laboratories in the CETL facility. There are also several laboratories associated with other research in the areas of biosystems engineering and environmental engineering.

The Rich Lab is located next to the Clemson University building that houses the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL). In addition to individual laboratories for materials-based research, the AMRL building houses the Center for Optical materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) and the University’s Electron Microscope (EM) Facility (http://www.clemson.edu/electronmicroscope/). The EM Facility is a state of the art, Multiuser facility with a wide range of equipment, including SEMs (Hitachi S3500N, Hitachi S-3400N, Hitachi S4800), a Hitachi HD2000 STEM, a Hitachi H7600T TEM, a Hitachi FB2000A Focused Ion Beam, a KRATOS AXIS 165 XPS, and a Scintag XDS 2000XRD. Other equipment available in the AMRL building includes an array of instruments for materials characterization (e.g., gas and liquid chromatography; UV, Vis, NIR and IR spectroscopes; NMR; particle size/zeta analyzer and PCS; and TGA, DSC and TMA).

Clemson Main Campus (Brackett Hall)

Several EEES labs for conducting research are also available in Brackett Hall. The Thin Section Lab contains several rock saws, a trim saw, a thin-section cutoff saw, and a thin-section grinder. These instruments allow the complete preparation of standard thin sections for petrographic study, or polished sections for microprobe analysis. The lab also contains two sieve shakers and associated sieve pans for grain-size distribution analyses. The Petrography Lab includes several petrographic microscopes. An automated Swift Model F point-counting stage is available for obtaining modal analyses. The Hydrogeophysics laboratory (B03 Brackett) has several equipment packages from National Instruments available for performing real-time imaging and complex conductivity experiments using assorted columns and tanks. The Undergraduate Field Research Lab has a suite of instruments and data loggers available for watershed monitoring including water level loggers, soil moisture probes, rain gauges, and a weather station. Labs pertaining to water and soil analysis, fermentation and other bioprocessing areas are also available in Brackett Hall.

Biosystems Research Complex
A few labs in the Biosystems Research Complex (BRC) house several research programs in the areas of biosystems engineering and environmental engineering.  The BRC ( www.clemson.edu/public/brc/) is a research facility occupied by research groups from various departments of the University, including groups from EEES

EEES laboratories are equipped with a variety of instrumentation for different types of environmental research. The Equipment page lists the analytical equipment available in the EEES laboratories. This equipment is accessible to EEES faculty, students, and researchers on a need basis. The great majority of the analyzers are computer controlled and equipped with autosamplers.

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