• The Water Quality Centre (WQC) is a state-of-the art mass spectrometry facility that currently houses 16 mass spectrometers in a single lab 
  • 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
  • Biological material, sediments, soils, fly ash,municipal wastewaters, industrial by-products and process waters, also can be analysed

The WQC offers specialized analytical services and mass spectrometer training courses to researchers, government agencies and private companies.  We carry out analyses for:

  • 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)
  • methyl-Hg
  • transition metal scans
  • low concentrations (ppt or ppq) of most metals

Click here for a complete description of our mass spectrometers.

Research areas at the Centre include:

  • cycling of trace metals 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.