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Global Water Futures Observatories
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UTSC Aquatic Biogeochemistry and Food Web Unit

General Info


The Aquatic Biogeochemistry laboratories at the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough, contain all the modern analytical instruments required for leading-edge research to address a multitude of environmental problems related to eutrophication, contaminant fate and transport, and fisheries. Our facilities are equipped to support a wide range of analyses of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of aquatic ecosystems. We also provide state-of-the-art instrumentation to support field research related to lake hydrodynamics and ecohydrology. The facilities are located in the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, which is certified as LEED Gold by the Canadian Green Building Council.


University of Toronto

Facility Lead

George Arhonditsis

Primary Contacts

NameRoleContact Information
George ArhonditsisFacility LeadE-mail:
Phone: (416)-287-7197

Fee for Service

Lab Equipment & Services
Deployable Systems

RefItemEquipment PurposeUnitInternal Rate *External Rate **Commercial Rate ***
Labconco Logic Class 2 Type A2 Biosafety Cabinet
Work station provides personnel, product and environmental protection from hazardous particulates such as agents that require Biosafety Level 1 or 2.per day$30$35$42
Millipore Synergy UV Water Purification System
Water purification system providing ultrapure water for laboratory needs (e.g., buffers and bacterial media preparation).per day$10$12$14
Powers Scientific Light & Temperature Control Growth Chamber
Temperature-controlled unit allowing the use of large-volume flasks. Ability to control light intensity and light cycles.per day$30$35$42
Thermo Revco Elite Plus -86°C Freezer
Ultra-Low Freezer allowing for the safe storage and preservation of biological samples.per day$20$23$28
VWR ADV Model 5000 Shaker
Shaker allowing the use of large-volume flasks.per day$5$6$7
Labconco FreeZone 12 Plus Lyophilizer
Freeze drier used to preserve perishable materials, extend shelf life or make material more convenient for transport.per day$5$6$7
Labconco FreeZone 2.5 Lyophilizer
Freeze drier used to preserve perishable materials, extend shelf life or make material more convenient for transport.per day$10$12$14
Thermo Genesys 10S UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
Spectrophotometer which features a high resolution (1.8nm) dual-beam optics, allowing simultaneous measurement of the sample with real-time reference beam correction, providing highly accurate data and photometric accuracy.per day$30$35$42
Molecular Devices SpectraMax 340pc Microplate Reader
Microplate reader which supports various absorbance assay categories, such as protein quantitation, endotoxin detection, microbial growth, ELISAs and immunoassays, reporter gene assays, phosphotases/kinases, enzyme assays, and cell viability, proliferation, and cytotoxicity.per day$30$35$42
UTABFWU-ML-10Mass Spectrometry:
Agilent 7700 Series ICP-MS with Autosampler
Uses an inductively coupled plasma to ionize samples and create atomic and small polyatomic ions, which are then detected. Used for its ability to detect metals and several non-metals in liquid samples at very low concentrations. It can detect different isotopes of the same element, which makes it a versatile tool in isotopic labeling.per day$30$35$42
UTABFWU-ML-11Water Isotope Analysis:
LGR DLT-100 Water Isotope Analyzer
Measures hydrogen and oxygen isotopic composition in liquid water samples.per day$30$35$42
UTABFWU-ML-12Mercury Analysis:
LECO AMA254 Mercury Analyzer
Specifically designed for fast, safe, and accurate determination of trace amounts of mercury in various materials.per day$30$35$42
UTABFWU-ML-13Mercury Analysis:
NIC MA-3000 Mercury Analyzer
Utilizes the technique of Direct Thermal Decomposition-Gold Amalgamation-CVAAS to measure total mercury in solid, liquid, or gaseous sample matrices.per day$30$35$42
UTABFWU-ML-14AFM and Raman Microscopy:
NT-MDT Ntegra Spectra Atomic Force Microscopy and Raman Spectroscopy
Integration of SPM and confocal microscopy/Raman scattering spectroscopy. Owing to Tip Enhances Raman Scattering it allows carrying out spectroscopy/microscopy with up to 10 nm resolution.per day$1,000$1,150$1,400