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Global Water Futures Observatories
Instrumented Sites

General Info


The GWFO-Nanobiosensors lab generates baseline and time-sensitive data and develops cost- effective water quality monitoring solutions for various nutrients and contaminants in environmental water samples. New sensor materials targeting client-specific contaminants can be produced and incorporated in field-deployable detection devices.


University of Waterloo

Facility Lead

Juewen Liu

Primary Contacts

NameRoleContact Information
Juewen LiuFacility Lead and Primary ContactEmail:
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38919

Fee for Service

Lab Equipment & Services

RefItemEquipment PurposeUnitInternal Rate *External Rate **Commercial Rate ***
NBS-ML-1Real-time PCR thermocycler (CFX96, Bio-Rad)Detection of DNA PCR reaction productsper run$80$92$124
NBS-ML-2PCR thermocycler (T100, Bio-Rad)PCR amplification of DNAper run$20$23$31
NBS-ML-3Gel Documentation System (ChemDoc, Bio-Rad)Gel imaging (fluorescence)per gel$10$12$16
NBS-ML-4Inverted fluorescence microscope (Nikon Eclipse Ti)Imaging of cells and fluorescent microparticles and microplasticsper hour$50$58$78
NBS-ML-5Raman spectrometer (DeltaNu 785)Raman characterization of molecules, nanomaterials, microplastics and other materialsper hour$20$23$31
NBS-ML-6Fluorescence microplate reader (Tecan Spark)Reading fluorescence and absorbance and chemiluminescence in 96 well plates (for biosensor validation)per hour$30$35$47
NBS-ML-7Fluorescence microplate reader (Tecan M200)Reading fluorescence in 96 well plates (for biosensor validation)per hour$20$23$31
NBS-ML-8UV-vis spectrometer (Agilent 8453A)Measurement of absorbance of samples (for colorimetric biosensor validation)per hour$20$23$31
NBS-ML-9Fluorometer (Fluoromax 3, Horiba)Measurement of fluorescence intensity and lifetime (for low fluorescence intensity samples)per hour$20$23$31
NBS-ML-10Dynamic light scattering spectrometer (ZetaSizer Nano s90, Malvern)Measurement of particle size and zeta potentialper hour$20$23$31
NBS-ML-11Vacufuge drier (Eppendorf)Drying DNAper run$20$23$31