Elemental Analysis Facility
The purpose of the Elemental Analysis Facility is to support the EHSC research community by meeting the growing need for high-sensitivity quantitative analysis of trace elements within biological, chemical and environmental samples that are a focal point of a number of Center projects. The objective of the Facility is to maintain and operate state-of-the-art instrumentation, and make these analytical capabilities readily accessible to investigators to achieve their research goals. The Facility is equipped with a suite of ICP-MS, OES and AAS instrumentation for trace level elemental analyses. The Elemental Analysis Facility is directed by Dr. Matthew Rand, a transdisciplinary investigator with expertise in metal toxicology research using both Drosophila and human models.
Analytical services are strongest for transition elements, with emphasis on toxic metals.
- Consultation on experimental design and data analysis with experienced staff in elemental analysis of essential and toxic elements.
- Sample preparation and digestion for various tissues and biological matrices.
- Surveying of elemental composition of biological samples.
- High sensitivity element concentration determinations in biological samples.
- Various protocols for biological and non-biological sample preparation for downstream elemental analyses (e.g. acid, base and microwave digestion).
- Element quantification spanning the ppm-ppt limits of detection (LOD).
- Single element and simultaneous multi-element analyses (e.g. up to 10 elements routinely).
- Multiple methodologies for Hg analyses with ppt limits of detection (LOD).
- Chromatographic separation of complex mixtures and organo-metal speciation (e.g. GC and LC separations systems)