The Trent Water Quality Centre is the most comprehensive mass spectrometry facility in Canada. We specialize in method development and the application of new and innovative techniques for measuring isotopes and trace amounts of organic and inorganic contaminants in water and other environmental compartments. We offer analytical services and mass spectrometer training courses to researchers, government agencies and private companies.
emerging contaminants (eg. pharmaceuticals, personal care products)
volatile fatty acids (VFAs)
total Hg (no sample preparation required for solids)
transition metal scans
determination of low concentrations (ppt or ppq) of most metals
P, S, Ca, Mg, Na, K analyses
Don't be fooled by our name!
Biological material (food products, plants, invertebrates, bird eggs and feathers, fur), sediments, soils, fly ash, municipal wastewaters, industrial by-products and process waters, also can be analysed.
We have expanded!
We outgrew our first lab and expanded into a second lab. The original lab now houses our ICP-MS's including: a Varian 820, Thermo XSeries, Agilent 8800, Nu Attom, Nu Plasma 2 and Nu Plasma 1700 in addition to a Teledyne Leeman Prodigy ICP-OES. The second lab, located just down the hall, houses our 'organic' MS's including: an AB Sciex Q-Trap 5500, Thermo Orbitrap Q-Exactive, Bruker SolarixXR FTICR (the first in Canada), Isoprime CF-IRMS (for delta C/N analysis) and a Nu Horizon (for compound specific IR analysis).