Faculty of Science


University of Portsmouth Geological and Environmental Laboratories

The University of Portsmouth Geological and Environmental Laboratories (UPGEL) is a flagship commercial laboratories group formed as a result of a Regional Growth Fund effort to create an easily accessible Environmental Technologies Hub in the Solent region. UPGEL consists of state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, supported by leading research groups. Below is a list of our commercially available facilities with links to their respective research groups.

  • Provides detailed reports on the mechanics of rocks under a large variety of simulated conditions. via the use of;

    • High-force uniaxial and basic triaxial compression press with strain gauge and two-channel acoustic emission sensors used to identify compressive and elastic strength.
    • “Harwood 1” and "Harwood 2" rock physics cells used to investigate P wave velocities and permeability.
    • Brazilian Disc and shear box to identify tensile and sheer strength. As well as P+S wave transducers and oscilloscope to identify seismic P and S wave velocities.

    The RML is supported by the University's Rock Mechanics research group. For more detailed information visit our Rock Mechanics Laboratory page.

  • Tests for a wide variety of trace elements, pollutants and much more. Routine applications include the analysis of soils, sediments and waters (fresh/ground/marine/tap) for metals, nutrients and chlorophyll.

    • Single and multi-elemental analysis using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)
    • Nutrient analysis using QuAAtro high resolution digital photometer as well as Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Total Inorganic Carbon (TIC) readings via CHN analyser
    • Gas and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS+LC-MS) is also available.

    For more information on ECAL's commercial services, please visit our dedicated ECAL page.

    ECAL is supported by the University's Ecotoxicology and Environmental monitoring research group

  • Chemcatcher® is a passive sampling device developed by researchers at the University of Portsmouth and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

    These cost-effective devices are used alongside, or can replace, established water monitoring approaches that rely on infrequent spot or bottle sampling.

    More detailed information or advise on using Chemcatcher®

Find out more about UPGEL and how they could benefit your organisation, contact William Green:

Telephone: 023 9284 6191
Email: ris@port.ac.uk

The facilities from UPGEL are also available for use in commercial testing and consultancy