Research Technology Services

The College of Science and Mathematics Research Technology Services (COSM RTS) exists under the Office of the Dean with the mission of providing support and service to all College of Science and Mathematics units that have software, hardware, or engineering/technical needs not already supported by CaTS or existing department staff.

On this page:


  • Support research equipment and software not supported by CaTS in CoSM
    • Regular maintenance
    • Repair
    • Troubleshooting
  • Environmental Analytical Facility (EAF)
  • Provide technical expertise and consulting to COSM for grant funded research proposals
    • Budgeting advice
    • Equipment and software consulting
    • System design and integration
  • Provide  technical staff to grant funded research projects to facilitate advanced software and hardware development necessary for state of the art research  endeavors
    • Software engineering and development
    • Website and web application development
    • Digital and analog circuit design and build
    • Equipment setup and testing
    • Training
    • Databases and data analytics and processing

Team Members

Mike Hall

College of Science & Math Admin
Electronics Design Technician

Steven R. Higgins, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director ESPHD
Oelman Hall 205, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Joseph G. Solch, M.S.

Instrumentation Specialist
Math/Microbiology Bldg 003, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Garrett Francis Vanness, M.S.

Instrumentation Specialist
Math/Microbiology Bldg 003, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Environmental Analytical Facility

The Environmental Analytical Facility's (EAF) purpose is to provide chemical analytical services, training and support to Wright State researchers; including faculty, research staff, and students. The centralization of analytical methods is intended to facilitate scholarly research by improving efficiency in sample analysis for funded research projects thereby providing more time for researchers to focus on other aspects of their research. In keeping with the above purpose, the EAF fees for services are set to maintain the condition of the facility so that these services will be available to Wright State researchers for years to come. Facility usage fees are based upon the cost of consumables and the cost of regular maintenance. 


The Environmental Analytical Facility has three laboratories available for use. There are two instrumentation laboratories containing the instruments available for useage. The general instrumentation laboratory houses most of the EAF instruments. The second instrumentation laboratory contains a Scintillation counter in a secure area. Another laboratory is suitable for preparing instrument standards on a small scale.

Instrument Capabilities

  • Atomic Absorption (AA) Spectrometer
    Equipped to analyze elements in either Atomic Absorption or Atomic Emission Mode. Analysis of liquid samples
  • Centrifuge
    Equipped with a fixed rotor that can hold 6 x 500mL bottles up to 10,000 rpm. Also has available a swinging bucket rotor that can handle 4 x 500mL tubes, 24 microplates, 8 deep–well plates or 4 square-well plates and operate up to 5,300 rpm. The unit has temperature Control of –10°C to 40°C in 1°C increments.
  • Gas Chromatograph (GC)–Flame Ionization Detector(FID) 
    Equipped to analyze volatile or semi-volatile organic compounds in an organic solvent.
  • Gas Chromatograph–Mass Spectrometer (GC–MS)
    The system uses electron impact (EI) ionization and is capable of performing full mass scans or selective ion monitoring (SIM) of volatile or semi-volatile organic compounds in a organic solvent.
  • Ion Chromatograph (IC)
    Equipped to analyze either anions or cations in solution.
  • Liquid Chromatograph–Mass Spectrometer (LC–MS)
  • Liquid Scintillation Analyzer
    A bench top liquid scintillation analyzer for detecting small amounts of alpha, beta and gamma radioactivity for research and environmental monitoring.
  • Surface Area and Porosity Measurement System
    Equipped to analyze three different matrix samples simultaneously to obtain information about the surface area and porosity of a solid material
  • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer
    Equipped to measure TOC, TC, IC, POC, and NPOC in liquid samples. TN, TN with TC, TN with TOC, TN with TC–IC, in liquid samples, Also, with the use of a boat sampling module to measure TC in solid and liquid samples.
Instrument Manufacturer Model Responsibility Year Installed
Atomic Absorption (AA) Perkin Elmer AA400 EES 2008
Centrifuge Beckman Coulter Avanti J–E EAF 2003
Gas Chromatograph (GC) Hewlett–Packard 5890 Series II Chemistry  
Gas Chromatograph–Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) Shimadzu QP5050A EAF 2001
Ion Chromatograph (IC) Dionex ICS–1500 Dr. Higgins/EAF  
Liquid Scintillation Analyzer Perkin Elmer TriCarb 2910 EES 2008
Surface Area and Porosity Measurement System Micromeritics TriStar II 3020 Dr. Higgins/EAF 2009
Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer Teledyne Tekmar Apollo 9000 EES 2007

Support EAF in Your Grants

The EAF staff are available to assist faculty with research projects in CoSM as well as in other colleges.  We have enjoyed the expertise of our technical staff for nearly 3 years through CoSM support and to ensure the continuation of the availability of the technical staff and facility, EAF users are being asked to include staff support in grant budgets where appropriate.  Some EAF users have already begun doing so and all others are encouraged to follow suit. This grant support is intended to offset some of the salary expense that the college has fully borne in the past.  If you are preparing a grant for a project that will rely on our technical staff or facility, please contact us about your project needs.

Additional Facilities and Equipment

A wide range of advanced technologies, instruments, and facilities are available for faculty and students to use for research. Please contact us to discuss availability. Available resources include:

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