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:
|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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