Central Analytical Instruments Research Laboratory

Maud Walsh, Swoope, Elizabeth A.

The Central Analytical Instruments Research Laboratory (CAIRL) provides research-oriented analytical services to the LSU faculty members, experiment station and extension personnel, and the general public. CAIRL performs analyses on water, plant digests, soil extractions, and other environmental matrices. CAIRL is committed to QA/QC principles and practices that ensure the accuracy and precision of results. While the analyses are performed primarily using established routine methods, CAIRL is also willing to use novel methods to meet specific client needs.

The Central Analytical Instruments Research Laboratory (CAIRL) at the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, is located in Room 312, Sturgis Hall, South Tower Drive, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Please visit our website at: http://www.spess.lsu.edu/cairl/index.html

For more information, please contact us: 
Phone: (225) 578-1347
Fax: (225) 578-1403.
Email: MKongchum@agcenter.lsu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Why use the LSU AgCenter Central Analytical Instruments Research laboratory?

    CAIRL has an advanced laboratory consisting of different modern equipment. We provide high-quality analysis, keeping the needs of research people in mind. We also provide our technical expertise to find out what type of analysis best suits your research needs. CAIRL provides more than routine analysis.

  2. What type of samples can I submit for IC analysis?

    Aqueous samples filtered through <= 0.45 µM filter are suitable for IC analysis.

  3. May I submit unfiltered samples for IC analysis?

    Yes, you may, but it will increase the cost per sample because we must do filtering for you.

  4. Do you analyze any of the cations by IC?

    No. We only analyze anions, namely Fl, Cl, NO2-N, Br, SO4,NO3-N and PO4.


Analysis Method Cost/Sample
Metals in water/ soil/ plant extractions and digests ICP EPA 200.7 $7.00
Turbidity EPA 180.1 $7.00
Total Solids -TS EPA 160.3 $5.00
Total Suspended Solids - TSS    EPA 160.2 $5.00
Total Dissolved solids -TDS EPA 160.1 $5.00
Total Organic Carbon -TOC EPA 415.1 $10.00
Biochemical Oxygen Demand -BOD5 EPA 405.1 $20.00
Persulfate Digestion and Colorimetric P determination -TP EPA 365.3 $8.00
Phosphate (PO4-) EPA 300.0 $7.00
Nitrite (NO2-) EPA 300.0 $7.00
Floride,Chloride, Bromide, Sulfate, Nitrate (Fl-, Cl-, Br-, SO4-, NO3-) EPA 300.0 $8.00
Inorganic Anions (Fl-, Cl-, Br-, SO4-, NO2-, NO3-, PO4-) EPA 300.0 $22.00
CH4, CO2 and N2O in Air Samples $8.00

Note: A set-up fee of $25 will be charged for every batch of samples submitted to the lab for ICP analysis. For water quality analysis, a set-up fee of $50 will be charged for every batch of samples submitted to the lab to cover costs for subsampling, acidifying and preparing samples for each water quality parameter.

Form to submit with samples

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