Mitchell Research Group – University of Toronto Scarborough

University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario
What the facility does

Environmental quality of water, soils, and air

Area(s) of Expertise

In our facility, we work at the interface of hydrology and biogeochemistry.  This means that we tackle largely water-related problems as they relate to environmental contamination, especially of heavy metals and mercury.  We have specific expertise in stable isotope analysis, ICP-MS, and the use of enriched isotopes in tracer studies. Dr. Mitchell is heavily involved in the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, which provides field facilities to collaborate with water-related industries on research projects.

Research Services

Analytical services, including stable water isotopes, elemental analysis via inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), testing facilities (See “watersheds node”).  We have field testing facilities related to watershed hydrology, rivers, water quality.  

Sectors of Application
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Name of equipment

Description of function

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Elemental analysis (large part of periodic table in one sample), including isotope tracer analysis.

Liquid water isotope analyzer

Deuterium and O-18 measurements in water for hydrological tracer applications.

  • Southern Ontario Water Consortium
  • Environment Canada
  • State of Minnesota