Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectometer


Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectometer
Thermo (Finnigan)
Element XR

General trace element analyses in various minerals (silicates, carbonates, phosphates, oxides and sulfides), silicate glasses, and other materials ranging from otoliths to metals. Also used for U-Pb geochronology applications. Used exclusively with the laser for solid samples in this facility.

  • Low, medium and high mass resolution capability 
  • Additional Faraday detector allows a large linear dynamic range

Research Facility

Laser Ablation ICPMS Laboratory – Micro Analysis Facility (MAF) CREAIT Network
Memorial University
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

Located in Memorial University's Bruneau Centre, the laboratory specializes in the direct analysis of biological, geological or industrial materials for trace element microanalyses.

The solid material is sampled directly by a laser system coupled to either a Thermo ELEMENT XR ICPMS for general trace element analyses and U-Pb geochronology applications or a Thermo NEPTUNE Multicollector ICPMS for precise isotope ratio analyses.

Housing two ICPMS in the same lab allows split-stream measurements to be performed, where analyses are done simultaneously by both instruments on a given sample (e.g., U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopic ratios from the same laser spot in zircon).

  • Astronomy and Physics
  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals

Industry Liaison Officer

Matt Grimes
Technology Commercialization Officer


Brent Myron Primary Contact
Manager of Operations - CREAIT Network
Rebecca Lam
Research Laboratory Coordinator

Markus Wälle
Research Laboratory Coordinator

Date submitted: Tue, Sep 25, 2018 3:50 PM
Date updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2018 8:43 PM

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