Chemical & Biological Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Labs


ARA’s Panama City, FL, research facility includes dedicated spaces for laboratory and bench- and pilot-scale research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) work in applied microbiology, bioaerosols, environmental contaminants, advanced biofuels, and renewable chemicals.

Facility Features

Biosafety Level II Microbiology and Bioaerosol Laboratories

Our laboratories have both standard equipment (BSL-II hoods, centrifuges, etc.) and specialized equipment for bioaerosol research.

Analytical Chemistry Laboratories

Our facilities are fully equipped with standard laboratory and chemical handling equipment, as well as advanced analytical instrumentation such as ion chromatographs, gas chromatography–mass spectrometer, Raman and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometers, and high-pressure liquid chromatographs.

Biofuel and Renewable Chemicals Production Facility

At our biofuel and renewable chemicals production and prototype facility, we operate three different bench- and pilot-scale reactor systems that convert plant oils and other feedstocks into a synthetic crude oil at rates up to 160 gallons per day. Batch and continuous-flow hydrotreating systems enable researchers to convert synthetic crude oil into a pure hydrocarbon product that is distilled into jet and diesels fuels that meet petroleum specifications without blending. Along with Blue Sun Advanced Fuels, we also operate a demonstration-scale biofuels facility in St. Joseph, MO, that produces 100 barrels (about 4,200 gallons) per day of fuel to support certification and testing for U.S. Navy ships and aircraft. 

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Defense Security CBRN Information Sharing

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ARA Develops 1st Consensus Standard for UV Surface Decontamination

The use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) devices for killing/inactivating microorganisms on surfaces is becoming increasingly common. ARA... more