Element and Heavy Isotope Analytical Laboratories - GLIER

University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
What the facility does

Elemental and isotopic microanalysis of environmental tracers

Areas of expertise

Element and Heavy Isotope Analytical Laboratories at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER).

Trace and ultra-trace elemental and high precision isotopic laser ablation microanalysis of geologic, biologic, and environmental media to characterize metal cycling in natural, aqueous systems, and resulting from anthropogenic influences.

Research services

Laser ablation microsampling, high sensitivity elemental analysis, high precision isotopic analysis, solution nebulization analysis, solid and liquid sample preparation, direct mercury analysis, microwave digestion, infrared/ultraviolet/visible microscopy and image analysis, confocal Raman spectroscopic and atomic force microscopic analysis, microthermometric analysis

Sectors of application
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Elemental and Heavy Isotope AnalysisAgilent 7900 quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer with collision cellUltra-high sensitivity elemental analysis
 Thermo Neptune multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer with pump and interface upgradesHigh precision and high sensitivity isotopic ratio measurement
 Agilent 720 inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometerHigh sensitivity elemental analysis
Laser Ablation MicrosamplingPhotonMachines Analyte Excite 2 193 nm, short pulse width (< 4 ns) excimer laser ablation system with HelEx sampling cellLaser ablation microsampling
 PhotonMachines Analyte.fs2 266 nm, femtosecond (< 130 fs) laser ablation system with HelEx sampling cellLaser ablation microsampling
Direct Mercury AnalysisMilestone DMA-80 Direct Mercury AnalyzerRapid, direct analysis of mercury in solid samples (e.g., tissues)
Fluid Inclusion and Image AnalysisOlympus BX-51/61 microscopes (3) with transmitted, reflected, UV/VIS/IR, image analysis and Linkam thermo/cryo stagesLong (to 2200 nm) wavelength infrared imaging for non-transparent materials (e.g., chitinous shells, sulphide minerals)
Laser Ablation Sample PreparationLogitech sample (diamond disc and wire saw, polishing and lapping equipment) preparationSample preparation facility for laser ablation of delicate geologic, biologic and environmental materials
Microwave Sample DigestionCEM Microwave Accelerated Reaction System (MARS) 5 microwave digester12-place sample holder
Ultratrace Clean LabFully equipped, HEPA-filtered Clean Lab facilitiesFull suite of clean (Class 1000 and better) lab facilities for sample preparation


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  • Western University
  • McGill University
  • Ohio State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • University of Vermont
  • Thermo Scientific Inc.
  • Photon-Machines Inc.
  • Isomass Scientific Inc.
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