Environmental Chemistry Equipment

College of Southern Nevada’s biology, chemistry, engineering, and earth science laboratories give students access to the same equipment and resources found in leading industry and research facilities. This valuable, hands-on experience using advanced technology, combined with personal attention from faculty, prepares our students for employment in a variety of laboratory positions.  Below is some of the major instrumentation housed at the College of Southern Nevada, West Charleston Campus:

THERMO IC1100 system

THERMO IC1100 system

This ion chromatograph is a liquid chromatography instrument used to separate and quantify anions and cations (positively and negatively charged ions). We use it especially for analysis of natural waters and municipal waters for ions like fluoride, chloride, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate and bromide.


PE QSight Triple Quad 400 LC MS/MS

PE QSight Triple Quad 400 LC MS/MS

This Perkin Elmer LCMS system is ideal for analyzing food, cannabis, and environmental samples.  The QSight triple quad systems consistently deliver the throughput and productivity you need in your analytical testing lab. This is the premier model in the QSight family.

SHIMADZU GCMS-QP2010 SE

SHIMADZU GCMS-QP2010 SE

An advanced standard gas chromatograph (GC) coupled with a mass spectrometer (MS). Temperature differences are used to separate mixtures of chemical compounds in a column. The column is plumbed to the mass spectrometer, which identifies compounds present at part-per-billion to part-per-million levels.


Thermo Scientific GC-MS w/Zero Headspace

Thermo Scientific GC-MS w/Zero Headspace

CSN has a state-of-the-art Thermo Scientific GC-MS With zero headspace capability. This technology allows the researcher to evaluate food, environmental, or forensic toxicology testing.

Perkin Elmer Sciex ELAN 6100 ICP-MS

Perkin Elmer Sciex ELAN 6100 ICP-MS

The PE Sciex ELAN 6100 ICP/MS System (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer ICP) is a 5th-generation ICPMS system featuring a stable torch mount that eliminates the need for XYZ adjustment and a quick-change lens design.

Perkin Elmer PE 3300 DV ICP-OES

Perkin Elmer PE 3300 DV ICP-OES

The spectrometer is a polychromator with more than one emission wavelength in a parallel fashion.  This system can analyze more than six thousand emission wavelength lines for 72 of the 110 elements simultaneously.

Fisher Scientific Trace 1300 GC with a FID

Fisher Scientific Trace 1300 GC with a FID

Its simplified user interface requires few keystrokes to accomplish tasks, yet maintains full programmability.


PicoSpin™ 80 Series II NMR Spectrometer

PicoSpin™ 80 Series II NMR Spectrometer

The Thermo Scientific™ picoSpin™ 80 Series II NMR Spectrometer is a compact instrument that offers a hands-on tool for chemical identity—enhancing student learning with an easy-to-operate, cryogen-free instrument.

MIDI-VAP 4000 system

MIDI-VAP 4000 system

MIDI-VAP 4000 is a system devoted to rapid and repeatable isolation by the distillation of ammonia, phenols, and cyanide from water, soil, and solid matrix samples.

Model 410 Mercury Analyzer

Model 410 Mercury Analyzer

The Model 410 Mercury Analyzer incorporates the Hatch & Ott Cold Vapor Technique for the analysis of trace levels of mercury in drinking, surface, or saline waters, as well as domestic and industrial wastes.

Beckman Coulter DU 530 UV/VIS Spectrometer

Beckman Coulter DU 530 UV/VIS Spectrometer

The Beckman DU 530 is a great research-grade instrument. It uses a Single Cell Module that supports a variety of optional cell holders including the 16mm test tube 1cm standard 5cm and 10cm rectangular turbidity and 50uL microcell.

Shimadzu HPLC System

Shimadzu HPLC System

This Shimadzu HPLC system includes SCL-10A, SIL-10AF, SPD-10A, CTO-10AC, FRC-10A, and is fully automated.

Dionex ASE 350

Dionex ASE 350

The Accelerated Solvent Extractor, ASE, can use multiple solvents to extract solid samples at elevated temperature and high pressure. This minimizes reflux times from hours to minutes.

Leica DM750P Polarizing Microscope

Leica DM750P Polarizing Microscope

Microscope for earth science for education and research. Capable of analyzing rock thin sections and identifying minerals.

Bio-Rad CFX96 Touch Real-Time PCR

Bio-Rad CFX96 Touch Real-Time PCR

Used for amplifying DNA/RNA during the PCR, not at its end, as in conventional PCR. Real-time PCR can be used quantitatively and semi-quantitatively.

Bio-Rad xMark microplate spectrophotometer

Bio-Rad xMark microplate spectrophotometer

The microplate is designed to measure absorbance in small volumes. It is typically used to determine the concentration of nucleic acids and proteins.

Savant DNA 120 Speedvac Concentrator

Savant DNA 120 Speedvac Concentrator


Thermo Scientific Ultra cold (-80⁰C) freezers

Thermo Scientific Ultra cold (-80⁰C) freezers

CO2 incubator

CO2 incubator


Legend X1R Refrigerated Centrifuge

Legend X1R Refrigerated Centrifuge