Alege limba: Romana
National Institute for Research and Development on Marine Geology and Geo-ecology – GeoEcoMar

Geochemical, Geoecological and Sedimentological Analysis


Research mission: geochemistry, biology, geo-ecology, palaeontology, grain-size, mineralogical and geotechnical studies.

Laboratory analyses for:

  • Heavy metals in water and sediments (Cu, Pb, Zn, Cr, Ni, Cd, Co, Sr, Rb, Ba, Zr, As), by AAS and / or XR fluorescence;
  • Nutrient contents in water samples: P04, N02, NO3, dissolved silica, by standard HACH methods;
  • Major chemical components in water and sediments: CaC03, TOC, Fe2O3 total; Ti02, MnO;
  • spectrophotometry UV-VIS chlorophyll analyses
  • Physical-chemical parameters for water sample testing: Dissolved oxygen (DO), Oxygen contents (%), pH, Eh, Conductivity, Salinity, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), by electrochemical methods;
  • Biological analyses (zoobenthos, phytoplankton, zooplankton)
  • Palaeontology and Palaeo-ecology analyses and studies

Relevant Experience

  • Monitoring of marine, brackish and freshwater environments
  • Environmental impact assessment studies and environmental audits
  • Study of the impact of Global climate change on the marine environment and coastal zones
  • Laboratory tests undertaken as part of: contracts for national research projects financed by the Ministry for Education, Research and Youth; projects within various international programmes and direct contracts of servicing and consultancy with industry partners
  • Research projects financed by Ministry for Education, Research and Youth (second National Programme, CERES, MENER, core programmes etc)
  • Research, consultancy and servicing contracts signed with commercial partners
  • Studies of mineral aggregates deposits used in building, ceramic and glass industries
  • Geotechnical studies of soils and soft rocks
  • Studies of mineral oil contamination
  • Grain size, mineralogical and physical-mechanical analyses of unconsolidated rocks and sediments, within various national projects


Grain size analysis of unconsolidated sediments (clay, mud, silt, sand, gravel).


  • MASTERSIZER 2000 E, Hydra 2000 MU, laser particle size analyser (laser diffraction system from Malvern Instruments);
  • Mesh equipment – with mesh diameters ranging range from 0.063 to 2 mm;
  • Electromagnetic vibrator;
  • Sartorius analytical balance type BP 210S;
  • Computer, computer accessories and specialized software programs;
  • Other specific equipment.


  • Mineralogical analyses of unconsolidated sediments (sands), sedimentary rocks (conglomerates, sandstones) and other sedimentary deposits (soils, loess, etc.).
  • Quantitative and qualitative mineralogical studies of unconsolidated sediments (sands).


  • FRITZ Magnetic separator
  • Carl Zeiss Jena Polarizing microscope
  • Stereomicroscope


  • Geotechnical analysis performed for: physical parameters (density of earth skeleton, volumetric density, water content, plasticity limits, porosity, permeability, etc.) and mechanical parameters (shear strenght, compression strength, compressibility).


  • Physico-mechanical measurements kit;
  • Plasticity limits measurement kit;
  • Wykeham Farrance (Constant rate of strain shear box, Laboratory Vane apparatus, Edometers, Permeameter)



  • SOLAAR 939 E Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS) – with flame and graphite furnace
  • VRA 30 Sequential spectrometer with RX fluorescence
  • Argilent 7890A Gas chromatograph, with quadrupolic mass spectrometer
  • Berghoff MWS-2 Microwave Digestion System
  • DIONEX ASE 200 Solvent Extraction System
  • UV VIS Perkin Elmer Lambda 35 Spectrophotometer
  • Zeiss Stereomicroscope with digital camera
  • Motic Stereomicroscope with built-in digital camera
  • HACH DRELL 2000 kit
  • WTW Oxymeters
  • WTW Multiparameter device
  • WTW pH/Oxi Set
  • Digital thermometer
  • CTD with surface and bottom water sampling devices
  • Mark II- 400 Multicorer;
  • Computing equipment, accessories and specialised software.