In spring 2016, the Environmental Engineering Graduate program moved to the new Sustainable Energy and Environmental Complex (SEEC), resulting in state-of-the-art office and laboratory space.
The Sustainable Energy and Environmental Laboratories (SEEL) are available for environmental engineering research consisting of environmental microbiology, environmental chemistry, water quality, air quality, molecular biology, toxicology, and field ecology. Modern PCs are available in all laboratories for instrument control, data acquisition and analysis, and report writing.
At SEEL, a new state-of-the-art environmental microbiology laboratory was added in 2016. This laboratory supports research in virology/cell culture, molecular microbiology, bacteriology, phage microbiology, toxicology, media preparation. Multiple temperature and variable atmosphere incubators will support a broad spectrum of classical microbiological assays. This laboratory also supports mammalian cell culture, including 10 m3 stainless steel walk-in chambers isolating controlled environment incubators separating pre- and post-infection cell lines. Also included, are standard equipment for plaque assays (inverted microscopes), genetic material extraction, membrane immobilization, and DNA/RNA hybridizations. PCR and qPCR thermocyclers, electrophoresis units and associated illuminators, photographic documentation equipment as well as DNA sequencer are all available. This laboratory includes state-of-the-art microscopy lab which houses several modern microscopes including a Olympus phase contrast station, and a Nikon E-400 compound epifluorescent microscope, with multiple filter sets capable of detecting a wide spectrum of biological stains. Access to a new transmission, scanning and environmental electron microscope is also available on CU main campus new imaging facility.
The Center for Environmental Mass Spectrometry (CEMS) is a laboratory at SEEL that focuses on the detection of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic contaminants in water and evaluating the effectiveness of methods for removing these compounds.
A separate laboratory on CU main campus is licensed for radioisotope handling and storage (35S, 32P, 14C, and 15N) and includes two liquid scintillation counters.
Office space for the students is available through the Environmental Sustainability group housed in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU. Offices are adjacent to the new laboratory space and near the offices of a core group of EVEN faculty. A table on physical capacity estimated is appended to the end of this proposal.
The Environmental Engineering facilities consist of laboratories supporting the research of faculty members. Below, the facilities are listed by faculty member. Laboratory addresses refer to the following abbreviations: