Soil Science
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Department of Soil Science Research Facilities

​​​​​​​Soil General Laboratory:

  • Flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS)​​
  • Ion chromatograph
  • Eurovector CNH analyser​
  • Scanning UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • pH, EC and redox meters
  • Automated titrators 
  • Freeze drier
  • Centrifuges
  • Waterbaths
  • Ovens and mechanical shakers
  • Vacuum filtration system
  • Hand-held XRF​
Eurovector CNH analyzer.JPG


S​​oil Physics Laboratory:


  • Porometer 
  • Pressure bomb apparatus 
  • Neutron probes ​​
  • Pressure plate extraction apparatus
  • Wet sieving apparatus for measuring soil aggregate stability
  • ​Modulus of rupture measuring ​device​
  • Various soil moisture sensors
  • Full range of sieves for particle separation
  • Mechanical sieving apparatus
  • Saturated hydraulic conductivity apparatus

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Campus Research​ Facilities:

  • ​The following research equipment are managed by the Central Analytical Facility: ​X-ray Fluorescence Spectometer (XRF)​, liquid and solid state NMR,  ICP-MS and ICP-AES, mass spectrometry, DNA-sequencing, CT-Scanner, SEM and AFM microscopes.
  • BET specific surface area and microporosity instruments are available through the Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. 
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD), Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) are available through the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Faculty of Nature Sciences.
  • Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is available through the Department of Food Science, Faculty of AgriSciences.