The Chemical and Environmental Analysis Facility (CEAF) at Washington University in St. Louis is an open shared instrument facility of the EECE department. The facility is open to personnel from academic institutions and industries with the aim to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and technical expertise for a broad spectrum of sample analysis. The facility supports the chemical and environmental aspects of research in areas such as engineering, earth and planetary sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, and medical school. Additionally, the CEAF offers professional advice on sample preparation, quality control, data interpretation, equipment acquisition, and analysis of samples. The staff at the facility is also in charge of educating facility users on analytical tools and sample analysis. With a space of 9.000 net square feet, the CEAF is equipped to analyze both inorganic and organic samples, including elemental and molecular analysis, polymers, nanoparticles, and biological analysis.

The facility is located in Brauer Hall and Whitaker Hall on the Danforth Campus. 

Our mission is to be a resource to the scientific and technical community for the advancement of research in a safe and environmentally benign manner.

Core Description

The instruments in the Chemical and Environmental Analysis Facility is organized in the following categories:





A fee is charged to use of the CEAF instruments.  These fees will help recover a portion of the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the instrument.  An instrument-training fee is charged per user per instrument. Each equipment requires 2 sessions of the training. If additional training is necessary, it will be billed at the hourly rate for the appropriate instrument. Cancellation must be made at least 6 hours in advance to avoid booking time. The rates are billed by booked time and by real – time usage in excess of booked time. There will be an additional cost for consumables for the sample analysis such as cuvettes, BET cell, standard solutions etc. You can borrow from CEAF or you can purchase directly from the company if it requires frequently.  CEAF staff members will provide the service as per your requirement to analyze the samples.  Please contact the CEAF staff for the information a quote.  The payment can be made through fund transfer among grants or department at Washington University, and by check from external users.  The fees are revised annually based upon the WashU Fiscal year (July 1 – July 30).





Service available to All entities, including for-profit organizations.

Priority service for All entities, including for-profit organizations.

Additional information:

Instrument Primary Contact

Bob Anleitner, Lab manager


  • Gas chromatograph Mass Spectrometer
  • Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometry
  • Spectrofluorometer
  • UV-Visible Spectrophotometry
  • Dynamic Light Scattering (Zetasizer)
  • X-ray Fluorescence
  • High Vacuum Sputter Coater
  • Ultracentrifuge


Xuewen Wang, Lab Manager


  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer
  • BET Surface Area Analyzer
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis
  • quantitative Polymer Chain Reaction
  • Microwave Digestion
  • Digital PCR


  • Expert research advice on specific analysis related to nanotechnology
  • Hands on equipment training in the facility (Washington University only)
  • Timely analysis and data interpretation, report submission for all entities, including for –profit organization
  • Sole Source Justification for an acquisition of new equipment to the facility


  • BET Surface Area and Pore Size Analyzer
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Drying Oven
  • Zetasizer
  • Fluorimeter
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
  • Gold sputter coater
  • Imager Optical Microscope
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES)
  • Microwave Digestion
  • Digital PCR
  • Quantitative PCR
  • Rheometer
  • Thermogravimetric analysis
  • Total Organic Carbon analyzer
  • Ultracentrifuge
  • Ultramicrotome
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometer
  • FTIR Spectroscopy
  • X-ray fluorescence


Please contact this core directly for pricing information.

Energy Environmental and Chemical Engineering (EECE)