The National Centre for Energy and Environment charged with the responsibility of conducting cutting edge research in Bioenergy and Environment has to its credit a Bioenergy and Environmental Forensics laboratory equipped to support her research activities.The Laboratory is organised into various sections which serve research needs of units in the centre. These sections are Environmental Laboratory, General laboratory, Spectrophotometer Laboratory and Ecotoxicology Laboratory.
The laboratory primarily provides support for Research and Development activities in Biodiesel and Biogas production, Solar/Wind, Waste-to-Energy, Ecotoxicology, Environmental pollution/Remediation. It also renders services to students and academics of our immediate host Community – University of Benin as well as researchers in institutions within the region.
It is our aspiration that in no distant future, the Centre’s Laboratory will be a hub for astounding analysis in the South-South geopolitical region.
Several equipment available in the Centre's Laboratory include but are not limited to the following:
Thermofisher GC 600. With FID Detector and capillary column: used for volatile organic compounds, essentially environmental pollutants.
UV Visible Spectroscopy
UV absorption spectroscopy can characterize those types of compounds which absorbs UV radiation. Identification is done by comparing the absorption spectrum with the spectra of known compounds. It is also used for the quantitative determination of compounds that absorb UV radiation. This determination is based on Beer’s law.
The aim of freeze drying is to obtain an easily water soluble product which will have the same characteristics as the original product after addition of water. As the drying process takes place in frozen state at very low temperatures it is possible to dry e. g. proteins which will not denature. Also most of the chemical compounds of the sample will be qualitatively and quantitatively unchanged. The products are mainly of biological origin - such as tissues, tissue extracts, bacteria, Plant extracts are transformed into a dry product. During this process enzymatic, bacterial and chemical changes are largely avoided. Due to its ability to dry it becomes very essential in a Research Laboratory.
HPLC and Accessories
This is used for analysis of non volatile organics compounds mostly to identify specific component based on their retention time, its also used in separation of samples into its individual components and quantification of samples.
Bomb calorimeter is used for quantification of energy profile or calorific value of feedstocks , ranging from animal waste , liquid fuel.
This is used to determine flash point of petroleum products and biodiesel.
Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy
FT-IR is one the high tech instrument in the centre Laboratory that is mainly for quality control , used for determination of quality of product. Its used to confirm the identity of a compound, it also detect the functional groups in a sample . FTIR is used for identification of fake products.
For microbial identification With ScopeImage where images can be captured in a system and printed out or stored for reference.
This is used for microbial Isolation
Temperature range 1000oC for ashing of samples