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Environmental Isotope Laboratory

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Waterloo, Ontario, CA

About Environmental Isotope Laboratory

The University of Waterloo-Environmental Isotope Laboratory (uwEILAB) develops and applies isotope technology to the Environment. The uwEILAB resources are used primarily in the fields of Earth Sciences and Biology. Many other environmental applications are available.

Founded in 1971 by Dr. Peter Fritz,... Show more »

The University of Waterloo-Environmental Isotope Laboratory (uwEILAB) develops and applies isotope technology to the Environment. The uwEILAB resources are used primarily in the fields of Earth Sciences and Biology. Many other environmental applications are available.

Founded in 1971 by Dr. Peter Fritz, uwEILAB is today a modern research facility with an international client base encompassing universities, government agencies, consulting firms and other mainstream institutions.

Richard Heemskerk – uwEILAB’s Manager - has been involved in all phases of the lab's steady growth since 1982. With the experienced technical and scientific team developed by the previous lab Manager Robert Drimmie, the uwEILAB continues to work on research into new systems design, automation of routine procedures, refinement of field sampling techniques and the ongoing training of graduate students and research fellows. uwEILAB has a staff of 12 technicians most of whom have been with the Lab for more than 15 years.

The uwEILAB is the only major isotope facility in Canada with this concentration of faculty with substantial isotope research interests. The Lab can analyze isotopes of hydrogen (2H, 3H), carbon (13C, 14C), nitrogen (15N), oxygen (18O), sulphur (34S), chlorine (37Cl) and bromine (81Br) in almost any compound in which they occur. These analyses provide what is called an "isotopic fingerprint." Soluble compounds in groundwater, such as nitrate, sulfate, chloride, bromide and dissolved inorganic carbon, are imprinted with an isotopic composition (a "fingerprint") that is related to the sources and processes that affect these compounds in groundwater. Thus isotopic analysis provides information about the origin and fate of these compounds in groundwater.

Certifications: Quality Assurance / Quality Control (ISO17025) guidelines

Standard shipping requests:
- Water for 2H+ 18O - keep cool (4°C) to reduce evaporation
- Sulphate 34S+18O - keep cool (4°C)
- Tritium - no preservation
- DIC/DOC - keep cool (4°C)
- Nitrate 15N+18O - freeze

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Stable Isotope Analysis

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Analysis Method and Precision Volume Required Normal Turnaround Regular $CDN
2H Chromium reduction of H2O (± 0.8‰) 30 ml 6 weeks $40... Show more »
Analysis Method and Precision Volume Required Normal Turnaround Regular $CDN
2H Chromium reduction of H2O (± 0.8‰) 30 ml 6 weeks $40
18O H2O-CO2 Equilibration (± 0.2‰) 30 ml 6 weeks $30
2H+18O Both 18O and 2H of H2O 30 ml 6 weeks $70
2H+18O 2H+18O in H2O by LGRLaser(Potable Water) 2 ml 4 weeks $35
3H Direct (± 8.0 T.U.) 30 ml 5 weeks $50
E3H Enriched (± 0.8 T.U.) ~15x – 250ml 600 ml 10 weeks $175
UE3H Ultra- Enriched (± 0.05 T.U.) ~50x – 1000 ml 2000 ml 10 weeks $500
13C+15N Solids by EA (± 0.2/0.3‰ C/N) 0.05/0.03 mg C/N 8 weeks $26
13C+15N Solids by EA – pre-weighed (± 0.2/0.3‰ C/N) 0.05/0.03 mg C/N 8 weeks $15
13C DIC (± 0.2‰) 5 µg C 4 weeks $50
13C DOC (± 0.2‰) 1 mg C 4 weeks $50
15N Ammonium – NH4 (± 0.5‰) 5 mg N 10 weeks $100
15N+18O NO3 Chemical Denitrifier (± 0.3‰/± 0.8‰ N/O) 30ml 0.5 mg/L N 8 weeks $100
34S Dissolved Sulphate by EA (± 0.3‰) 1 mg S 8 weeks $90
18O Dissolved Sulphate by EA (± 0.5‰) 1 mg O 8 weeks $90
34S+18O Both 34S and 18O of Dissolved SO4 1 mg S+1 mg O 8 weeks $135
14C+13C 13C DIC + AMS (± 0.2‰) - DirectAMS 3 mg C 4 weeks $250
2H CSIA – CxHy (± 5.0‰) 300 ppb (aq.) 12 weeks $150
13C CSIA – CxHyClz (± 0.3‰) P&T 50 ppb (aq.) 12 weeks $120
37Cl CSIA – CxHyClz (± 0.1‰) P&T 5 ppb (aq.) 12 weeks $150
37Cl Inorganic (± 0.1‰) 3 mg 10 weeks $225
81Br Inorganic (± 0.1‰) 3 mg 10 weeks $300
87Sr TIMS (sigma 0.00002) 5 µg 6 weeks $275

Additional Costs if required:

Pre-treatment - Conductivity >5000 µS/cm TDS > 500mg/L pH <5 or >9 coloured and/or smells (VOCs)
Pre-treatment – Azeotropic Distillation 2H/18O/3H (30 ml required) 2 weeks $50
Pre-treatment – Azeotropic Distillation E3H 2 weeks $140
Pre-treatment – Azeotropic Distillation UE3H 2 weeks $300
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Spectroscopy

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Mass Spectrometry Method Development

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Mass Spectrometry Sample Preparation

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Imaging & Spectroscopy

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Specialty Mass Spectrometry Methods

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Mass Spectrometry

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