On 11 September, the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of Voronezh State University opened the Laboratory of Environmental Monitoring as a part of the activity held by the Association “Clean Country” with the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the Russian Environmental Operator within the national project “Ecology”.
VSU Rector, Dmitry Endovitsky, said that it is a unique research framework which will allow conducting large-scale environmental research.
“This event is of great importance for VSU. Our university once again proves that it is a leading provider of quality innovative education. I hope that the team that will work here will only have a positive experience and will be able to find solutions to many tasks,” said Vladislav Landsberg, the Deputy Directory and the Head of the Office of Industry Interactions of the Department for State Policy and Regulation in Industrial and Household Waste.
The Executive Director of the Association “Clean Country”, Ruslan Gubaidullin, emphasised that “at the moment, there is a pressing demand for specialists in the area of ecology. Students from the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences who will be able to operate equipment of similar class will be in high demand on the labour market”.
The laboratory was created as a part of the international Erasmus+ TAURUS project “Capacity Building in the Cooperation between Urban and Rural Areas for Sustainable Development of Metropolises”. Among the members of the consortium for the project are Timiryazev Russian State Agrarian University (Moscow), Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (Moscow), Wageningen University (Wageningen, the Netherlands), the University of Göttingen (Göttingen, Germany), Nanjing Forestry University (Nanjing, China), and Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University (Fujian, China).
“The laboratory equipment can be used to assess the environmental condition of natural surface and subterranean waters, to analyse the composition of waste water, including identification of oil, petroleum, fat, synthetic surfactant, and heavy metal pollution, to specify chemical composition of air, environmental condition of soil, including identification of oil, petroleum, and heavy metal pollution, and to determine the chemical composition of plants. What is more, this equipment will help to determine the composition of industrial and household wastes and their environment hazard class,” said Tatiana Devyatova, the Head of the Department of Ecology and Land Resources of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.
The laboratory is equipped with devices that can be used for spectrophotometric and photocolorimetric tests and voltammetric, potentiometric, and ionometric methods of analysis. It is a unique laboratory as its devices and methods can be used to obtain data matching those present in global databases. The results of the studies conducted in the laboratory will be published in high-ranking international journals.