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.
Our analyses include:
- compound specific isotope analyses
- stable isotopes (eg. C/N, 18O, Mg, Si, Fe, Zn, Hg, U) and radiogenic (eg. Sr, Pb, Nd) isotope ratios
- metal(oid) speciation (eg. Se, As, Cr)
- 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
Biological material (food products, plants, invertebrates, bird eggs and feathers), 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 have expanded into a second lab. While renovations are not yet complete, the original lab now houses our ICP-MS's including: a Varian 820, Thermo XSeries, Agilent 8800, Nu Attom and a Nu Plasma in addition to a Teledyne Leeman Prodigy ICP-OES. The second lab, located just down the hall, houses the mass spectrometers used for isotope ratio (delta C/delta N, 18O/16O) and organic compound analyses including the first SolariX XR in Canada!
Click here for a complete description of our mass spectrometers.
Research areas at the Centre include:
- cycling of trace metals (e.g., uranium) in lakes and catchments
- source partitioning of mercury input into lakes
- new methods to measure radioactive elements at ambient levels
- the release of pharmaceuticals from waste treatment facilities
- analysis of proteomes
- metal(oid) speciation analysis
- isotope ratio determination
- lake ecosystem nanosliver project (LENS)
- metabolites of ash trees attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer
- binding of ligands to proteins
- identifying and quantifying plant hormones (eg. cytokinins)
In total, researchers at the Water Quality Centre have been successful in winning nine major Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) awards
If you are interested in collaboration, training courses or analytical services, please contact us.