Lab Equipment

The 900 square-foot Baylor Microbial Biogeochemistry Laboratory was renovated in 2017. The lab is in a wing of the Baylor Sciences Building that houses most of the research groups in the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research. The primary analytical equipment in the Microbial Biogeochemistry Lab consists of a Thermo Fisher Scientific LTQ XL linear ion trap mass spectrometer coupled to a Dionex Ultimate 3000 high performance liquid chromatograph with additional diode array and fluorescence detectors. The system is optimized for analyzing extracts of pigments and polar lipids and their associated metabolites and degradation products. The lab also is equipped with bench-top incubators and related equipment for cell cultures as well as a Labconco freeze drier, Sorval refrigerated centrifuge, Caliper Life Sciences TurboVap LV, and other equipment for sample handling and chemical extractions. The Microbial Biogeochemistry Lab includes fume hoods, a 30-cubic-foot freezer, and a 30-cubic-foot refrigerator for sample storage. The Geosciences Department has additional equipment in the Organic Geochemistry Lab for characterizing the molecular composition of organic matter, including an Agilent 6890 gas chromatograph/5973 quadrupole mass spectrometer, a Bruker 300 MHz solid-state NMR, and a Dionex 200 accelerated solvent extractor (ASE).