Analytical Capabilities

Standard Operating Procedures

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Eppendorf Centrifuge 5430R


Water distiller


Innova 44R shaking incubator

For culturing purposes our lab is equipped with two Innova 44R shaking incubators and one incubation chamber for photosynthetic growth.

Deionized water is provided in two quality grades by either a distiller (a) or a reverse osmosis filtration system (not shown).

Shimadzu HPLC

Shimadzu HPLC


The lab has a Shimadzu HPLC system equipped with a UV-Vis and conductivity meter with columns for cation and anionchromatography as well as reverse-phase chromatography. Anion chromatography may be enhanced by the use of a CARS (Continuous Anion Regeneration System) setup. To analyze total organic carbon, inorganic carbon, and total nitrogen content of aqueous samples a Shimadzu TOC/TN analyzer with integrated autosampler is used. For measurement of dissolved gases , a Shimadzu GC-2010 Plus high-end gas chromatograph is employed.

All chromatography instruments share one exclusive terminal and are operated by LabSolutions software.


Shimadzu TOC/TN analyzer


Shimadzu GC-2010 Plus gas chromatographer


Molecular work
We have a Roche LightCycler 480 real-time PCR system for quantitative PCR (qPCR) and a BIORAD iCycler thermocycler and an Eppendorf Thermomixer for general molecular biology use. The laboratory also has a Nanodrop 1000 for measuring DNA, RNA and protein concentrations.


Fisher Scientific PCR workstation


Bio-Rad iCycler: Real-Time PCR Detection System

Roche LightCycler: Real-Time PCR system


Qiagen QIAcube: Purification of DNA, RNA and proteins

instrumentation_qubit 2.0 fluorometer

Qubit 2.0 Fluorometer: DNA & RNA quantification