LABORATORY OF AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

The laboratory supports education (MSc and PhD), scientific (research projects) and cooperation programmes in the field of agricultural and environmental chemistry, with special attention to food, soil, water, biomasses and plant material.

SOIL

  • Agronomic parameters: nutrients  (macro and micro), salinity, organic carbon, carbonates
  • Contaminants (heavy metals, PAH)
  • Physical parameters (particle size, texture, density)

FERTILIZERS

  • Chemical and physical characterization of inorganic and organic fertilizers

BIOMASSES

  • Chemical characterization of organic raw materials recyclable in agriculture

FOOD

  • Analyses of the nutritional composition (proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins)
  • Mineral compounds
  • Nutraceutical compounds
  • Antioxidants activities
  • Olive oil characterization according to EU official methods

WATER  FOR AGRICULTURAL USE

  • Anions and cations
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Contaminants (heavy metals, PAH)
  • BOD and COD

 

MAIN INSTRUMENTS

 

Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) Gas chromatography–mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
HPLC System Gas-chromatograph
Elemental Analyzer (C,H,N,S,O) ICP-OES
FT-IR/FT-NIR spectrometer Ionic chromatograph
Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE) Microwave mineralizer
Fiber extractor