Trent Water Quality Centre

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
What the facility does

Specialized environmental analytical services, including method development, chemical analyses, research and training

Areas of expertise

The Trent Water Quality Centre is a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry (MS) laboratory that specializes in method development and the application of new and innovative techniques for measuring isotopes and trace amounts of organic and inorganic contaminants in water, biological material, sediments, soils, fly ash, municipal waste waters, industrial by-products and process waters.

Research services

Analysis of trace elements (e.g. As, Fe, Pb, Cd, Cu, Ni, Zn, U, REEs) in water and solids by ICP-MS; stable and radiogenic isotope ratios (e.g. Si, Sr, Hg, U,Pb, Zn) by multicollector ICP-MS; organic contaminants (e.g. estrogens, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, PFOA, PFOS, opioids) by LC-MS; biological metabolites by LC-MS and FT-ICR MS; stable isotope analysis (13C,15N, 18O, 2H) by continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry (CF-IRMS); compound-specific isotope analysis using GC-CF-IRMS.

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Utilities
Specialized facilityEquipmentFunction
High-Precision Isotope Ratio InstrumentationNu Instruments Nu Plasma-2A high-resolution multi-collector ICP-MS for high precision (RSD <0.001%) isotope ratios of metals, for e.g. Cd, Pb, Fe, Zn
High-Precision Isotope Ratio InstrumentationNu Instruments Nu 1700A large scale high-resolution multi-collector ICP-MS, offering a no-compromise approach to achieve high mass resolution
High-Precision Isotope Ratio InstrumentationNu Horizon Continuous Flow-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (CF-IRMS)For the analysis of δ13C and δ15N as well as %C and %N in all types of solid samples
High-Sensitivity Elemental and Speciation InstrumentationNu AttoM HR-ICP-MSA high-resolution magnetic sector ICP-MS used to analyze ultra-trace-level abundances (ppt and lower) of metals
High-Sensitivity Elemental and Speciation InstrumentationThermo XSeries-2 ICP-MSA quadrupole ICP-MS with collision cell technology that is particularly useful for the detection of transition metals
High-Sensitivity Elemental and Speciation InstrumentationAgilent 8800 ICP-QQQ-MSCapable of MS/MS, gives exact control over reactions in the collision/reaction cell; superior resolution of interferences
High-Sensitivity Elemental and Speciation InstrumentationTeledyne Leeman  Prodigy-7 ICP-OESNext generation dual-view optical ICP spectrometer used for elemental detection of concentrations ranging from ppb to %
Organic and Organo-Metallic Molecular Mass Spectrometry InstrumentationThermo QExactive Hybrid Orbitrap-Ion Trap HR LC-MS/MSFor quantitative/qualitative applications with a resolving power of 140K and mass accuracy of <1 ppm
Organic and Organo-Metallic Molecular Mass Spectrometry InstrumentationAB Sciex 5500 QTrap LC-MS/MSA hybrid triple quadrupole linear ion trap used for  quantitation of trace organic contaminants and targeted metabolomics
Organic and Organo-Metallic Molecular Mass Spectrometry InstrumentationBruker SolariX-XR FTICRCombines extreme resolution (up to 106) and <1 ppm mass accuracy to determine empirical formulas of unknowns in samples
Organic and Organo-Metallic Molecular Mass Spectrometry InstrumentationThermo ISQ GC-MSA gas chromatography-single quadrupole mass spectrometer for the analysis of semi-volatile and volatile analytes
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationDionex solvent extractor 
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationSartorius SE2 microbalance 
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationBrooks Rand MeHg analyzer 
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationDSL sub-boiling stills (2) 
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationEthos microwave extraction system 
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationAPEX and ARIDUS desolvators  
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationIon chromatography (IC) 
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationLiquid chromatography (HPLC) 
Preparatory and Separation InstrumentationHydride generation (HG) 
  • Cameco Corp.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)