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Laboratory for Spectrometry (SpecLab)

Michael Raessler, Dr.

Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6500
Fax: +49 (0)3641 57 - 7500

SpecLab - State of the Art Analytics by Atomic Spectroscopy & Chromatography

A focus of SpecLab’s work is the efficient development, validation and implementation of complex analytical methods in the fields of both atomic spectroscopy and chromatography. We are thus responding to the steady increase in our customers demands.

To maintain the high quality of our analytical data, SpecLab refers to Standard Reference Materials issued by NIST, whenever possible, and sticks to a rigid quality management.

Easy-to-understand fact sheet of the lab (pdf)


Atomic Spectroscopy

Analysis of both liquid samples (water, soil extracts) and solid samples after appropriate digestion (soil, plant and animal material) for a variety of chemical elements, ranging from “A” as in aluminium or arsenic to “Z” as in zinc or zirconium.


Analysis of various carbohydrates in plant material, ranging from monosaccharides, like glucose and fructose, to oligosaccharides, like sucrose and raffinose, as well as polysaccharides, like inulin and starch and sugar alcohols, like inositol and sorbitol.


  • ICP-Atomic Emission Spectrometer „Optima 3300 DV“ (PerkinElmer)
  • Graphit Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer „Zeeman 3030“ (PerkinElmer)
  • UV-VIS-Spectrometer „Lambda 2“ (PerkinElmer)
  • Microwave-based Sample Digestion Unit „Multiwave“ (Anton Paar)
  • Ion Chromatography System „ICS-3000“ with PA-Detection (Dionex)
ICP-Atomic Emission Spectrometer, sample thief with pump (photo: Susanne Hermsmeier)  Unit for data processing (photo: Susanne Hermsmeier) Atomic Absoption Spectrometer with sample (photo: Michael Raessler) Ion Chromatography System (photo: Susanne Hermsmeier) Microwave-based Sample Digestion Unit (photo: Susanne Hermsmeier)
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