Contact for this Instrument: 

Karol Confer

Laboratory Scientist

Email: 
kec1@psu.edu
Phone: 
814-863-0158
EESL Manager: 

Odette Mina

Managing Director of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL).

Email: 
oom5021@psu.edu
Phone: 
814-863-0002
Equipment full name: 
Milestone DMA-80 Direct Mercury Analyzer

Description: The mercury analyzer is used to determine mercury concentrations in liquid and solid samples. The DMA-80 is based on the principles of sample thermal decomposition, mercury amalgamation and atomic absorption detection. 

Analytical Method: Mercury in liquids and solids is analyzed by thermal decomposition, amalgamation and atomic absorption spectrometry using EPA Method 7473. Samples must be stored at 4ºC.

Sample submission: Water samples may be submitted to the water quality laboratory chemist for analysis.

Training: Student researchers and faculty who may be interested in training on how to operate the instrument and interpret the data, please contact the water quality laboratory to schedule training and time on the instrument. While the number of training hours may vary, depending on the student's knowledge and analytical skills, we require a minimum of four training hours prior to allowing the student to independently operate the instrument.

Internal Rate: 
Instrument time: $57.50/hr, Operator time: $39.71/hr. For an estimated cost per sample, calculated based on rates of instrument and operator time, please contact us with your specific project request to include number of samples, and parameters of interest.
External Academic Rate: 
Instrument time: $91.91/hr, Operator time: $62.99/hr. For an estimated cost per sample, calculated based on rates of instrument and operator time, please contact us with your specific project request to include number of samples, and parameters of interest.
External Non-Academic Rate: 
Instrument time: $94.07/hr, Operator time: $64.97/hr. For an estimated cost per sample, calculated based on rates of instrument and operator time, please contact us with your specific project request to include number of samples, and parameters of interest.
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