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Advanced Materials and Solids Analysis Resources Core (AMSARC) is a collection of scientific equipment located at the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center and the Center Hill facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, that comprises a comprehensive, cohesive core research facility for EPA. The powerful AMSARC tools are available for use by participating collaborators to support the goals of EPA laboratories. AMSARC equipment enables EPA scientists to deliver accurate and detailed information related to materials and surface analyses, biological samples, and nanotechnology research.

Cutting-edge research tools, such as AMSARC equipment, offer great flexibility and breadth to EPA’s research. AMSARC technology supports various EPA projects, including water quality research, corrosion control, bacteria characterization, and arsenic removal from drinking water. In this way, EPA researchers help to ensure the safety and health of the public and the environment.


As a research facility, AMSARC’s objectives are the following:

  • Enhance integrated research
  • Assist with pollution prevention
  • Synthesize advanced analytical capabilities
  • Provide technical assistance to help EPA's Office of Research and Development implement and support EPA rules

Materials Analyzed

In order to meet the objectives, AMSARC equipment is used to analyze materials such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Ceramics
  • DNA
  • Metals
  • Microorganisms
  • Minerals
  • Polymers
  • Protozoa
  • Resins
  • Synthetic membranes
  • Viruses

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