Research at the Center for Urban Waters focuses on determining the sources, behaviors and effects of man-made chemicals and materials in the environment.  Whether characterizing the distribution of historic pollutants in Puget Sound or discovering ‘new’ chemicals, this research relies on state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation operated by experienced analytical chemists.  When required, new sampling and analytical methods are developed to support specific research efforts.

Urban water research projects ongoing at the Center for Urban Waters include characterization of the photochemistry of steroids, developing anthropogenic chemicals as tracers of wastewater, detection and quantification of microplastics, and exposure of parent and degradation products to aquatic organisms.

Lab equipment includes an Agilent Technologies 6430 Triple Quad LC/MS
Lab equipment includes an Agilent Technologies 6430 Triple Quad LC/MS