These methods are available to detect isotope types and concentrations, of a majority of elements in the periodic table - some, even at trace levels.
Inductively Coupled Plasma-Emission Spectrometry (ICP)
Typical applications: Sample types previously processed include wooden boards, plant tissue, soils, proteins, bones, human tissue, fish, snails, clams, wastewater, and ocean water
VG Plasma Quad 3 Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
Typical applications: To date, our lab has used this method to analyze protein, soil, water and plant samples. Other applications include detection of trace elements in a wide variety of aqueous matrices (drinking water, river, lake and ground water, waste water and effluent, and seawater) in solids after digestion (sediment, soil, sludge, road dust, air particulate matter, plant tissue and grain, rocks and minerals, etc.) and in samples of body fluids (blood, plasma, and urine)
Rapid, simultaneous determination of total carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen content of non-aqueous samples
Typical applications: plants, soils, forestry, water, crystalline compounds, seston, complex carbohydrates, and plastics
Available chemistries are ammonia, chloride, nitrite, sulfate, ortho phosphate, alkalinity, total nitrogen and total phosphorus.
Typical applications: water, wastewater
Other equipment includes a microwave digestion system, a freeze-dryer for lyophilizing tissue, and a jar mill for grinding samples for low-level metal analysis. The laboratory uses several EPA-approved and AOAC methods for preparation and analysis.