GAIA – Laboratory of Environmental Engineering
GAIA – Laboratory of Environmental Engineering

GAIA – The Lab

GAIA is a state-of-the-art laboratory, focused on environmental pollution monitoring techniques (e.g water quality, xenobiotics in wastewater), advanced wastewater treatment and eco-toxicity assessment. GAIA is coordinated by Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos, who is actively involved in a number of water-related projects. Examples of such projects refer to the removal of various pharmaceutical compounds and pesticides from aqueous matrices, with the analysis of micropollutants in water and wastewater, with the assessment of the environmental potency of chemicals and of their transformation products etc. The total budget of the projects managed by GAIA since 2003 is over 4 million euro and already 16 graduate students have carried out successfully their thesis at GAIA. Currently 3 postdocs, a research associate, 3 PhD students and a number of graduate students are actively involved in various water and wastewater related projects in the lab. The work undertaken at GAIA is becoming important and this fact led to the organization of various international water events.

 

GAIA – The Myth

According to Greek mythology, Gaia was a goddess, who arose from Chaos. Chaos was the darkness that reigned in the beginning of existence. The omnipotent Gaia gave birth first to the immense light blue Sky, the Mountains and the Sea. The Sky after it covered the world, united with Gaia, creating all the other elements. Their marriage is the source of life of the world.

Sky and Ground is the fundamental pair, the immortal pair that gives birth initially to the Ocean, the river of rivers and myriads deities that express big forces of Nature and phenomena. Nereids, Titans, Giants, Mermaids, Medouses, Pigasos, Cycoples, Oceanides, thousands sons and daughters that give a face to known and natural phenomena and bodies, as the seas and the lands, the mountains and the rivers, the sun and the moon, the day and the night.

The bigger part of this first cosmogony is found in the work "Theogony" of Isiodos.

 

GAIA – The Lab Equipment

Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography -tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS)
Acquity UPLC System, MASSLynx mass spectrometry software

Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (ECD, NPD)
Perkin Elmer - Clarus 500

Gas Chromatograph (FID, TCD)
Agilent 6890N Network GC System

UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
JASCO V-530

Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
Perkin Elmer - Aanalyst 200

Photometer
WTW Photolab S6

BOD Measurement System
444406 OxiDirect

Multi Parameter Equipment, measuring dissolved oxygen, conductivity, temperature, pH
WTW InoLab Multilevel 3

Jar Tester
Phipps & Bird

Reax Vortex Mixer
Heidolph

Orbital swinging shakers
Selecta Rotabit & Selecta P

Microplate Shaker
Mikura 1,175 Orbis +

Shaking Water Bath
MEDLINE BS-21, Jeiotech

Laboratory Drying Oven and Incubator
Venticell BMT

Laboratory Balance
Adam, AAA 250LE

Electronic Balance
Precisa, BJ 410C

Analytical Balance
Shimadzu, AUW320

Auto sieve shaker
WTW, D403

Thermoreactor
WTW CR 3200

Thermostat-controlled cabinet
Aqualytic, AL185, Liebherr

Centrifuge
Sigma 2-5

Heating Magnetic Stirrers
Velp Scientifica

ToxKit Incubator
NOVITAL COVATUTTO 24

Light Table with tran. Stage, Daphinia T.
ULB-150, Grande

Luminometer
Testo 545

Incubation Chamber
Abraxis LLC CRYO SAFE

Inverted Microscope
AXIOVERT 200, ZEISS

Photo-Fenton Reactors

Water Purification System
Milli-Q & Elix

Heating Mantles
BIBBY / 1000ml

Glass-Ceramic Hotplates
Ceramicplac 30, J.P. SELECTA

Electrothermal Mantles
6 Recesses for 250ml, Barnstead Electrothermal

Nessleriser 2150 with stand. Daylight cabinet & Nessler tubes 150mm
Lovibond, Daylinght 2000 Unit

Laboratory Furnace, 30-3000 0C
P320, Nabertherm

Hydrogen Generator Models
ChromGas 9150, Parker Balston

Incubator
INB 200, Memmert

Low Temperature Precison Incubators
Prebatem 36L, J.P. SELECTA

Shaking Incubator Orbital
SI50, STUART

12 Port vacuum manifold complete with accessories
J.P. SELECTA

Vacuum Pumps
Sartorius

Sonicator
Selecta P

Elisa Reader
Tecan Sunrise R.C.

Solar Simulator
Newport type 91193

Radiometer
Ophir

Radiometer for Spot and Flood lamps and Conveyors
ACC-CAL 50

Photoreactor
Ace-glass (Vineland, NJ, USA)

Solar Photochemical batch reactor
Pyrex glass

Sonifier Ultrasonic Desintegrator
S-450 CE Digital, Branson

Desiccators
Duran

Refrigerators
Liebherr, J.P. SELECTA, Malber

Reax Vortex Mixer
Heidolph

Shakers and Rockers
SSL1 Stuart

Circulation ultrathermostat
Selecta P

Microfil filtration system
Millipore

Solar pilot plant (CPC collectors)
Capacity: 250 L

Solar photocatalytic prototype reactor (CPC collectors)
Capacity: 100 L

Pilot scale Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor
Capacity: 60 L