The Plasma Chemistry Laboratory at CAIS is an analytical geochemistry laboratory specializing in the analysis of trace elements and isotope ratios in biological, environmental, geological, archaeological and other materials.

Organs and other biological tissues are analyzed by solution-based ICP-MS and/or ICP-OES. Digestion solutions containing dilute acids may be submitted. Alternatively, we provide digestion services for these samples. Please contact us if you require digestion, so we can tailor methods to your project. For further information, please see our Resources or contact us.

SUBMIT PCL SAMPLES

Sample Submission Guidelines

If you are a first-time client, please contact us before sending your samples.

1. Please refer to our Sample Preparation Guidelines for information on preparing the samples.

2. Label tubes clearly with a unique identifier. Close the lids tightly and seal well with parafilm. For liquids or animal tissue, seal the tubes in a plastic bag with some paper towel or an absorbent pad in case of leaks (for fizzy liquids or alcohol please double-bag, with absorbent in the second bag as well). Package in a crush-proof box or container. Proteins, cell pellets, and animal tissue should be shipped cold in an insulated box with dry ice and/or a frozen gel pack.

3. Complete the Plasma Chemistry Laboratory Sample Submission Form, and include a printed copy in the shipment (outside of the bag for animal or liquid samples). For proteins, cell pellets, and animal tissue please record the sample weights on the sample submission form. If you are sending more than 10 samples, please also e-mail us an electronic copy of the sample submission form or sample inventory.

4. Address the package to:

Attn: Plasma Chem Lab
Center for Applied Isotope Studies
120 Riverbend Rd.
Athens, GA 30602
USA

Please note we do not receive samples on weekends so please DO NOT select any Saturday or weekend delivery options.

5. Local clients may drop off samples with a completed sample submission form Monday – Friday (excluding UGA holidays) 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Analytical Fees

Normal turnaround is 2-4 weeks. 3-5 day rush service is available and will be charged 1.5X the normal rates. 1 day rush service is available for analyses that do not require digestion and will be charged 2X the normal rates. To help us prepare for your rush analyses please e-mail us a copy of your sample submission form. For training or large/ongoing projects please contact us.

 

Sample Prep Analytical Fees Chart
StandardInternal (USG/Emory)
Pre-processing (freeze-drying, milling, sieving, ashing), 1-5 samples$5n/a
Pre-processing (freeze-drying, milling, sieving, ashing), 6 or more samples$10$5
Digestion/leach (includes dilution), per sample
$25$20
Dilution (for submitted solutions that are out of range), 1-5 samples$5
n/a
Dilution (for submitted solutions that are out of range), 6 or more samples
$10$5
ICP-OES Analytical Fees Chart, per sample
StandardInternal (USG/Emory)
WW-CAL, 1-2 elements
$30$15
WW-CAL 3-20 elements (includes pre-set 20-element program)$40$25
WW-CAL 21-30 elements
$50$35
Additional elements, each
$5$5
ICP-MS Analytical Fees Chart, per sample
Standard
Internal (USG/Emory)
One standard, 1-5 elements
$35
$25
One standard, 6 or more elements (includes pre-set 20-element program)$50
$40
Additional standard, 1-5 elements
$5
$5
Additional standard, 6 or more elements
$10
$10
Laser ablation
inquire
inquire
Element & Standard Lists (periodic table view)

ICP-OES

ICP-MS

 

Element & Standard Lists (text view)

ICP-OES Elements & Standards (Listed in order of Atomic Number)

  • WW-CAL Standards: Li, Be, B, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Sr, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sn, Ba, Tl, Pb, Ce.
  • Internal Standard: In.
  • Measureable by ICP-OES upon request: S, Sc, Ga, Ge, Rb, Y, Zr, Nb, Ru, Rh, Pd, Sb, Te, Cs, La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au, Bi, Th, U.
  • Not recommended for ICP-OES: Cl, Br, I, Hg.
  • Not measurable by ICP-OES: H, He, C, N, O, F, Ne, Ar, Kr, Tc, Xe, Pm, Po, At, Rn, Fr, Ra, Ac, Pa, Np, Pu, Am, Cm, Bk, Cf, Es, Fm, Md, No, Lr, Rf, Db, Sg, Bh, Hs, Mt, Ds, Rg, Cn, Nh, Fl, Mc, Lv, Ts, Og.

ICP‐MS Elements & Standards (Listed in order of Atomic Number)

  • CLMS‐2A Standard: Li, Be, Na, Mg, Al, K, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Se, Rb, Sr, Ag, Cd, Cs, Ba, Tl, Pb, U.
  • WW‐CAL2 Standard: Li, Na, K, Ti, Mo.
  • CMS‐1 Standard: Sc, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Th, U.
  • Internal Standard: In.
  • Measurable by ICP‐MS upon request: P, S, Ge, Zr, Nb, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, Sn, Sb, Te, I, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au, Bi.
  • Not Recommended for ICP‐MS: B, Si, Cl, Ca, Br, Hg.
  • Not measureable by ICP‐MS: H, He, C, N, O, F, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, Pm, Po, At, Rn, Fr, Ra, Ac, Pa, Np, Pu, Am, Cm, Bk, Cf, Es, Fm, Md, No, Lr, Rf, Db, Sg, Bh, Hs, Mt, Ds, Rg, Cn, Nh, Fl, Mc, Lv, Ts, Og.