After a quick tour of the facilities, I was set upon the task of acid washing the lab equipment and glassware. Everything that is used for the collections and experiments on this project must be completely free of nutrient contaminants so as not to give any false readings in the data.
The process involves a thorough scrubbing, a rinse under deionized water, several hours submerged in hydrochloric acid, and another three rinses (again, with DI water).
|my lab station, a.k.a. the wash basin|
|the fume hood, where the acid baths lie.|
|some clean dishes|
|more of my handy-work|
In practice though, this was much like doing the dishes at home... with hydrochloric acid.