Stable Isotope Facility

About Stable Isotope Facility

It includes a continuous flow Finnegan Delta + XL mass spectrometer and a VG-ISOTECH SIRA II dual-inlet mass spectrometer interfaced with GasBenchII gas chromatographs, and a Costech Analytical ECS 4010 elemental analyzer with zero blank autosampler.

There is also a Picarro cavity ring-down spectrometer for stable carbon isotopes of carbon dioxide and methane. Isotope species of C, N, H, and O are regularly analyzed from solid, liquid, and gas samples, and from specific compounds. High precision customized techniques for C and O isotopes in atmospheric CO2 and for O isotopes in O2 are also part of the facility.

Research Services

In this facility, stable isotopes have been applied to research in medicine, plant and animal physiology/ecology, hydrology, evolution, palaeoecology, anthropology, biogeochemistry, soil and crop sciences, meteorology, global change, and most recently, forensic and bioterrorism studies.

The facility has supported research from several departments within UIC, and from numerous outside institutions from within the United States (including the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Argonne National Laboratory, and Pennsylvania State University) and from Brazil, Venezuela, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

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