Labrador Institute Research Station

Research Facility



Labrador Institute Research Station
Memorial University
North West River
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

Operated with a year-round permanent staff, the Labrador Institute Research Station (LIRS) is located in North West River, Labrador (approximately 40 minutes from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador) and is operated by the Labrador Institute of Memorial University. The Labrador Institute Research Station was created to provide leading-edge science laboratories and a field station that supports research and science education in the remote regions of Labrador.  The facility includes employee office space, scientific laboratories (a prep (wet) lab, an analytical lab and a geological sample prep lab), an archaeology collections room, a shared research space with GIS workstations and a wide-format printer, accommodation space for four people, a full kitchen and dining area, and short-term storage space. Internet, wifi, telephone and video-conferencing capabilities are also available at the LIRS.

The Labrador Institute and the Labrador Institute Research Station are leading centres of research, outreach and education, by and for the North. Since the Labrador Institute is located on the homelands of the Innu and the Inuit, the Labrador Institute has a special obligation to the Indigenous peoples of the region and therefore works in partnership on research and education programming. The LIRS is working to offer research and logistical support to those looking to expand, begin, or continue work for and in the Labrador region. The LIRS is currently supporting and/or taking part in climate change and environmental monitoring research, investigations in water use and its contaminants, interior archaeology, archaeological mitigation, ecological research, remediation studies, soil science and Northern-based agricultural investigations.

The laboratories at the LIRS are maintained to high health and safety standards and offer analytical and sample preparation (wet) labs. The labs have the capacity to support diverse research projects in many physical science fields.

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Geomatics and Geodesy
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Agriculture, Animal Science and Food
  • Education
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Forestry and Forest-Based Industries
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals
  • Ocean Industries

Contacts



Caitlin Lapalme
caitlin.lapalme@mun.ca
7094973631 Ext: 222
Laboratory Coordinator
Ashlee Cunsolo
7098964702
Director

Equipment



Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES) with Nitrogen Generator and Autosampler
Agilient Technologies
4200 MP-AES, 4107 Nitrogen Generator, SPS 3 Autosampler

The MP-AES is a compact, bench-top microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometer based on nitrogen plasma. It is used for elemental determinations using a solid-state CCD detector. A MP-AES has high sensitivity with detection limits down to sub ppb levels and is faster than conventional flame Atomic Absorption for a typical multi-element analysis. The MP-AES can run unattended, without flammable or expensive gas supply. 

The 4107 Nitrogen Generator uses pressure swing absorption technology to produce > 99.5% purity nitrogen for plasma operation.

The SPS 3 Sample Preparation System is a high-throughput autosampler, with fast X, Z, theta arm movement for unattended, multi-element operations.

MP-AES applications for elemental analysis include a wide range of sample types such as Food and Agriculture, Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry. 

Dimensions: 660 mm (h) x 660 mm (d) X 960 mm (w)

Weight: 161 lbs.

Software: Web-integrated Agilent MP Expert. This software includes a worksheet interface, automated method development, and software applets that include pre-set method templates.

Signal stability: <2% RSD over 2 hours without internal standardization or any form of drift correction.

Resolution: < 0.050 nm (measured as full width at half maximum).

Detection limits: 3 sigma detection limits (µg/L) using a 10 second integration time.

The SPS 3 Sample Preparation System's has capacity for up to three sample racks and two standard racks. These racks can be exchanged during analysis for unlimited sample capacity.

2014

UV-Visible Spectrophotometer and Tablet Control Module
Thermo Scientific
Evolution 201

The UV-Visible Spectrophotometer measures how much a chemical substance absorbs light by measuring the intensity of light as a beam of light passes through sample, allowing the analysis of the chemical structure of a substance. It can be used to measure the concentration of an unknown sample and detect impurities if the compound is not showing its characteristic absorption spectrum.

Dimensions: 66.2 cm (l) x 48.6 cm (w) x 27.9 cm (h)

Weight: 14.4 kg

Software: Thermo Scientific INSIGHT. This software guides you through each step of analysis and includes comprehensive tools for data collection, processing and reporting, delivering results for quantitative analysis, scanning and kinetics applications.

Accuracy (Photometric): 0.5: ±0.004; 1: ±0.006; 2: ±0.010; Measured at 440 nm using neutral density filters traceable to NIST™

Baseline Flatness: ±0.0010A, 200-800nm, 1.0nm SBW, smoothing

Optical Design: Double-beam with sample and reference cuvette positions; Czerny-Turner Monochromator

Wavelength Accuracy: ±0.5 nm (541.9, 546.1 nm mercury lines); ±0.8 nm (full range 190 to 1100 nm)

Wavelength Range: 190 to 1100 nm

Wavelength Repeatability: ≤0.05 nm (546.1 nm mercury line, SD of 10 measurements)

2014

Organic Elemental Analyzer, CHNS Analyzer
Thermo Scientific
Flash 2000

The CHNS Analyzer allows the determination of four elements (CHNS) simultaneously. Applications include Organic Chemistry, Petro-Chemistry, Environmental, Agronomy and Marine Science and Material Characterization.

2013

Date submitted: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 1:40 PM
Date updated: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 1:41 PM

2018-08-28T13:41:04+00:00