- Marc Anderson, UW-Madison
- Yogesh Gianchandani, University of Michigan
Analytical water quality assessment is an extremely costly process that requires labor-intensive collection, transportation, and laboratory analyses of samples. In addition, even in the most careful of procedures, sample contamination can compromise the analysis. Clean sampling procedures, clean rooms, and super clean reagents and instruments are often required to analyze trace-level contaminants. Also, research laboratories currently employ sophisticated instruments to measure dissolved concentrations of inorganic and organic contaminants in our natural water systems. The cost associated with the purchase and maintenance of these instruments is extremely large. The development of an inexpensive multiple detector system that can routinely measure water quality parameters accurately, reliably, in situ, in real time, and at minimum cost would be an invaluable contribution to the field of environmental chemistry.