TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTATION
Centre for Science and Environment, a non-profit organisation set up Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) in 2000 to monitor environmental pollution. PML is an ISO certified laboratory for conducting scientific studies on environmental samples. PML has highly qualified and experienced staff that exercise Analytical Quality Control and meticulously follow Good Laboratory Practices. It is equipped with sophisticated state-of-art equipment for monitoring and analysing air, water, soil and food contamination, including GC, GC-MS, HPLC, AAS, microwave assisted digestion system, PM1.0, PM2.5 & PM10 analyser, ozone monitor, sound level meter, EMF radiation measurement system, and has facilities for microbiological analysis.
PML has conducted several scientific studies that have brought policy changes and new regulations in India. This includes pesticides in bottled water, pesticides in soft drinks, phthalates in toys, lead in paints, antibiotics in honey and antibiotics in chicken, etc.
PML has been organising training and capacity building programmes for Central and State Pollution Control Boards for mid/ senior level officers on water quality, air quality, trace metals and organic analysis. The participants get hands-on experience on the use of sophisticated analytical equipment for analysis of air, water and soil pollution parameters. The programme includes lectures and demonstration on latest technologies for pollution monitoring.
Sample collection, storage and preservation Chromatographic techniques and their applications in fuel oil adulteration, antibiotics in food, pesticides in air, water and soil, etc Ambient air pesticides concentration—detection, methodology and analysis Existing and emerging sample preparation techniques for trace organic analysis “Decibel Drumming”—Noise level monitoring, instrumentation and control strategies Laboratory experiments on determination of pesticides in water, determination of heavy metals in soil, microbiological analysis of water, measurement of EMF radiations from cell phone towers