Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer


Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer
Elementar - Isoprime
Isoprime 100

d15N and d13C in bulk organic and inorganic of solid samples 

Filtered seawater samples or sediment samples are packed in tin capsules to obtain 80 ug N. The Vario Micro Cube is configured to run in CN mode and calibrated to obtain quantitative %C and %N. The technique consists of flash combusting samples at 1150˚C, reducing nitrogen and carbon compounds to N2 and CO2 products and separating the different elements with a temperature programmed desorption trap. These different gaseous components are then carried by ultrapure helium to the Isoprime 100 continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometer for d15N and d13C analysis.


Research Facility

Dalhousie University
Nova Scotia (NS)

The cycling of the three key chemical controls on life in the ocean (carbon, oxygen, & nitrogen) is undergoing unprecedented change in the oceans as a result of human activities. We aim to observeunderstand, and predict complex interactions within these biogeochemical cycles, which will help us understand the implications of these changes for marine life and the climate. 

The CERC.OCEAN laboratory is focused on chemical oceanography and in the measurement of greenhouse gases, such as nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and halocarbons. The laboratory is equipped with high-tech instruments, such as isotope ratio mass spectrometers, gas chromatographs, cavity ring down spectrometers and nutrient autoanalyzer. 

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Ocean Industries

Industry Liaison Officer

Margaret Palmeter


Doug Wallace Primary Contact
CERC Chairholder
Claire Normandeau
Lab manager

Date submitted: Thu, Aug 30, 2018 12:21 PM
Date updated: Thu, Aug 30, 2018 12:22 PM

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