Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) added to Lakehead’s Instrumentation Laboratory.

Lakehead University’s Instrument Laboratory recently acquired a new Perkin-Elmer Elan DRC-e ICP-MS through a Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant led by Dr. Greg Pyle. The instrument can determine trace element concentrations in a sample and can detect and measure most of the elements in the periodic table; some to the parts per trillion range. Dr. Pyle’s research team will use the instrument to study neurophysiological effects of metals on fish. This instrument is an important addition to the university’s laboratories as it increases the capacity for inorganic analysis. These increases will benefit both students and researchers. 
Some applications include:
  • Geological: major, minor and trace element concentrations for prospecting, determining origins of rocks, marine geochemistry rare earths for the geologist
  • Environmental: soil and sediment geochemistry, ultra-trace elemental analysis  in  elemental in limited sample sizes
  • Biological and clinical: trace elements in animal tissues, Al in blood, Cu in brain tissue
  • Agricultural: trace metals in soils, fertilizers, feed, body fluids and animal tissues
  • Materials science: ultra-trace metals  
For more information download the technical bulletin (pdf).

Or contact: Ain Raitsakas, Senior Analyst Email: Phone: 807-343-8294

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