Environmental Engineering Labs

Our Environmental Engineering Labs are used for both teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses and in supporting research in air pollution, waste management, water quality and water treatment processes. The labs have been designed to be versatile and reconfigurable to support a wider range of teaching and research activities.

About the labs

The Environmental Engineering Labs give students and staff access to a wide range of equipment including basic water quality meters, balances, drying ovens and furnaces. There's also more complex equipment such as spectrophotometers and total organic carbon analysers.

The labs are available to staff, and undergraduate and postgraduate students completing their environmental or civil engineering degrees, as well as staff and students from other areas of the university. Students undertaking their higher degree by research, as well as academic staff, use the laboratory for research projects.

Our talented team of technical staff have the ability to fabricate a variety of research equipment such as forward osmosis systems, low pressure filtration systems, membrane distillation systems and ozone delivery systems.

An example piece of research equipment is a mobile water monitoring station that can be left on site to log water quality parameters such as conductivity, turbidity and pH as well as recording rainfall and flow rates. Water samples can be collected after rainfall or high-flow events depending on the sampling program detected, and regular monitoring data can be accessed remotely.

Equipment and technology

The labs have a variety of equipment including:

  • aerosol size and particle counter
  • biogas generation system with gas analysis
  • total organic carbon analyser with total nitrogen detection
  • water quality parameters with either HACH or Merck spectrophotometers
  • access to inductively coupled plasma – optical emission spectrometry
  • mobile water monitoring station
  • jar testing equipment for coagulation optimisation
  • ozone treatment system
  • assorted filter columns
  • forward and reverse osmosis systems
  • membrane distillation equipment.

Equipment that's recently been purchased includes a lab scale biogas generation system with gas analyser and air quality equipment such as an optical particle sizer and counter.

Industry partners

Our partners become valued members of the wider Deakin engineering family, not just our school. Opportunities to partner with us include work-integrated learning and industry-based learning and placements, student projects, and commercial research projects and services.

Find out more about industry partnerships

Study with us

Deakin offers the following study and research options: