Electronic Leak Detector
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
This proposal is requesting support for the acquisition of an electronic leak detector to be kept in the biofuels and bioproducts laboratory and used by all analytical technicians on campus. The availability of this leak detector in our lab will save us a lot of time and resources by providing a direct method for detecting very small leaks in a number of different analytical instruments we have around our lab. It is imperative that the analytical instruments in our lab function at full capacity for the proper characterization and quantification of the aviation "drop-in" fuels we create. This leak detector would help with the creation of aviation fuels by insuring there are no leaks in complex micro-scale and lab scale reactors, provide a quick way to make sure all gas chromatography and elemental analysis is not providing a false output, and allow for detection of leaks in systems where liquid surfactants are prohibited.