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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Analytical Laboratory
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Senior Chemist:

Support Staff:


 Photo of Mike Kurantz and Robyn Moten


The analytical laboratory provides support for pilot plant scale research programs by analyzing and reporting data obtained from samples generated by researchers investigating new processes/products derived from agricultural commodities.



  • 3 liquid chromatographs

  • Detector configurations include, Ultraviolet, Visible, Refractive Index and Conductivity


  • 1 capillary gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector


  • Quantitative thin-layer chromatography using an automated thin-layer sampler coupled with a TLC scanner that detects in the visual, ultraviolet or fluorescent mode.


  • UV/VIS spectrophotometer

  • Fluorometer

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Elemental Analysis

  • Nitrogen/Protein pyrolysis type analyzer

  • Kjeldahl digestion and distillation apparatus for nitrogen/protein analysis

Current Research Programs Support by the Analytical Laboratory

  • Conversion of corn to fuel ethanol

  • Processes for the extraction and purification of corn proteins (zein and glutelin)

  • Enzymatic wet milling of corn

  • Conversion of corn fiber to ethanol

  • Barley as a substrate for fuel ethanol

Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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