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CURRENT RESEARCH

This spring semester 2012, there are several research groups and graduate students from various departments to use SRIF equipment to do the research for their research projects, master's theses or doctoral dissertations. The experienced SRIF staff provides complete technical consultation and project planning to support them for the successful completion of their research.


Research Programs in Fall Semester 2012

Environmental Analysis Methodologies available at SRIF

The Maned Wolf Project
Collaborative project between the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA and George Mason University’s Shared Research Instrumentation Facility

M.S.Candidates and students: Karl Navarro, Sara Pittman, Tiffani Willis, Colleen Cook, Taelim Kim, and Phung Vo
Supervisor: Dr. Robin Couch
Title: Fecal VOC Metabolomics
Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Brief Description: Perform a metabolomics study on fecal samples using SPME and GCMS
SRIF Instrument: Agilent 6890-5973 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer

Senior BS Candidate:Hien Le, 2012
Supervisor: Dr. Mushrush
Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: Research on Oil Extract
SRIF Instrument: Agilent 6890-5973 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer.

M.S.Candidate: Adam Moody, 2012
Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Foster, current
Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: Determine the occurrence and concentration of both legacy and emerging environmental organic contaminants in wild fish tissue collected from Gunston Cove.  
Brief Description: Look for the contaminants in fish tissue consist of PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, PAHs, synthetic and natural steroids and hormones and antibacterial agents. Plan to use Microwave-Assisted Suponification (MAS) to extract these contaminants out of fish tissue and use GC-MS as an analytical tool for detecting these compounds.
SRIF Instrument: Agilent 7890-5975C Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer.

 

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