metal analysis is performed using a shimadzu aa-6300 atomic absorption spectrophotometer
Metal analysis is performed using a Shimadzu AA-6300 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer.

Despite its name, the University of San Carlos Water Laboratory offers analytical services for water, soil, ore, and other special samples. Recognized as a standard testing laboratory, the Water Laboratory is accredited as a testing laboratory by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Health (DOH).

The USC Water Laboratory, which is connected with the Department of Chemistry, regularly accepts samples and conducts analyses for external clients including commercial and industrial firms and government units in Cebu and elsewhere in the Visayas, Mindanao, and even some from Luzon.

Recently, the Water Laboratory is also accredited with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in compliance with the Chemistry Profession Act (R.A. 10657) and was issued a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CATO), which is required for all chemical laboratories where physico-chemical or biochemical analyses are conducted.

The Water Laboratory also serves as a research and extension arm for students and faculty researchers, offering quality first-hand experience on different analyses involving different types of equipment that supplement the students’ academic training.

Since its inception, the Water Laboratory has widened its scope of analytical capabilities, which is no longer limited to water analyses but also includes soil, ore, and other special samples for testing. Analytical services are offered for:

  • Water analysis
  • Special sample analysis
  • Water sampling services
  • On-the-job training for students in related fields
  • Lectures, demonstrations, trainings, and seminars
  • Laboratory visits (e.g., for students from other institutions)
  • Use of facility
  • Research consultations
  • Chemical solution preparations

Download the complete list of parameters that we are capable of analyzing, as well as some special analyses that we conduct.

Our office is open to the public. Visit us at Room 320 3/F Bunzel Building, University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus, Cebu City. You may also reach us through the following contact details:

Telefax: (+63 32) 345 3811
Trunkline: (+63 32) 230 0100 local 110
Email: [email protected]

a milestone microwave digester allows us to rapidly prepare samples for analysis
A Milestone microwave digester allows us to rapidly prepare samples for analysis.