Montreal Noble Gas Laboratory (GRAM)

Contact : Daniele Pinti

Address:

Geotop-UQAM
201 Président-Kennedy Ave., 6th floor
Montréal, QC
H2X 3Y7
Canada

The Montréal Noble Gas Laboratory is located in the Pierre-Dansereau Science Complex of the Université du Québec à Montréal. A component of Geotop's laboratory network, it is the result of a joint effort between Geotop and UQAM's Département des sciences de la Terre et de l’atmosphère to develop the geochemistry of noble gases in Canada.

In this laboratory, we conduct isotoptic analyses of noble gases (helium, neon, argon, krypton and xenon) in fluids and rocks. The lab is open to any researcher or student wishing to perform this type of analyses. To carry out these analyses, the Noble Gas Laboratory has a steel extraction and purification line, connected to two Pfeiffer® PRISMA 200 and HiQUAD 410 quadrupole mass spectrometers, and a Thermo® HELIX MC mass spectrometer installed in August 2015.

One of the missions of the laboratory is to train highly qualified students in the field of isotopic geochemistry, through multidisciplinary projects addressing the origin and evolution of fluids in the continental crust, water dating, and the environmental impact of shale gas and geothermal fluid exploitation.

The laboratory also works in the field of thermochronology (U-Th)/4He on apatite.

For more information on sample submission, please contact Professor pinti.daniele [at] uqam.ca (Daniele L. Pinti).

  • Spectromètre de masse quadripolaire Pfeiffer® PRISMA-200
  • Spectromètre de masse quadripolaire Pfeiffer® HiQuad 410
  • Spectromètre de masse multi-collection Thermo® HELIX MC Plus
  • Pompe cryogénique ARS DE204B (9K)
  • Four à résistance (1100˚C) pour thermochronologie (U-Th)-4He sur apatite
  • Système pour décrépitation sous vide d'inclusions fluides
  • Station d’ablation laser New Wave MIR-10

Échantillons traités

  • Fluides naturels (eaux souterraines, gaz naturel, fluides géothermiques) (1).
  • Inclusions fluides.
  • Minéraux et roches.

1 Nous n'acceptons pas de fluides industriels à analyser contenant du H, Cl ou autres polluants halogènes.

Gaz et isotopes analysés

  • 3He, 4He
  • 20Ne, 21Ne, 22Ne
  • 36Ar, 38Ar, 40Ar
  • 80Kr, 82Kr, 83Kr, 84Kr, 86Kr
  • 128Xe, 139Xe, 130Xe, 131Xe, 132Xe,134Xe,136Xe
  Étudiant du Geotop Chercheur du Geotop Académique* Industrie*
(1) He isotopes + 20Ne (Helix) 280.00$ 364.00$ 544.00$ 1088.00$
(2) He isotopes (Helix) + concentrations (QMS) 305.00$ 396.50$ 593.00$ 1186.00$
(3) He isotopes (Helix) + isotopes gaz rares (QMS) 330.00$ 429.00$ 641.00$ 1283.00$
(4) Isotopes gaz rares par HELIX (à partir de l'automne 2017) 560.00$ 728.00$ 1088.00$ 2177.00$

Autres configurations d'analyse (ex: seulement les isotopes du Xe) : tarifs sur demande

Notes :

(1) Rapport 3He/4He et concentration de 20Ne par HELIX MC 
(2) Rapport 3He/4He et concentration de 20Ne par HELIX MC et 36,40Ar, 84Kr et 132Xe par QMS
(3) Rapport 3He/4He et concentration de 20Ne par HELIX MC et 36,40Ar, 80,82,83,84,86Kr et 129,130,131,132,134,136Xe par QMS 
(4) Rapport 3He/4He et 20,21,22Ne, 36,38,40Ar, 80,82,83,84,86Kr et 128,129,130,131,132,134,136Xe par HELIX
*Les tarifs académique et industriel incluent des frais indirects de 15% prélevés par l'UQAM.

The Montreal Noble Gas (GRAM) Laboratory is located in the Pierre-Dansereau Science Complexe of the Université du Québec à Montréal. One of the laboratories of the Geotop network, it is the result of a joint effort between Geotop and UQAM's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to develop noble gas geochemistry in Canada.

Tthis laboratory is open to all researchers and students wishing to carry out isotopic analyses of noble gases (helium, neon, argon, krypton and xenon) in fluids and rocks. The GRAM laboratory has a steel extraction and purification line, connected to two quadrupole PRISMA 200 and HiQUAD 410 mass spectrometers from Pfeiffer®, and a HELIX MC mass spectrometer from Thermo® installed at the end of August 2015.

One of the missions of the GRAM laboratory is to train highly qualified students in the field of isotopic geochemistry through multidisciplinary projects addressing various fields such as the origin and evolution of fluids in the continental crust, water dating, and the environmental impact of shale gas and geothermal fluid exploitation. Thermo-chronology (U-Th)/4He analyses on apatite can also be performed in the laboratory. 

For any information regarding the submission of samples, please contact Professor pinti.daniele [at] uqam.ca (Daniele L. Pinti).

  • Quadrupole mass spectrometer PRISMA ® Pfeiffer-200
  • Quadrupole mass spectrometer Pfeiffer HiQuad ® 410
  • Mass spectrometer multi-Thermo ® collection HELIX ™ Plus
  • Cryopump ARS DE204B (9K)
  • Resistance furnace (1100 ˚ C) for thermochronology (U-Th)-4He on apatite
  • Induction furnace EASYHEAT LI 5060 Ameritherm ® for K-Ar dating (1600˚ C)
  • System with steel balls for vacuum decrepitation of fluid inclusions
  • Station ablation laser New Wave MIR-10

Types of samples

  • Natural fluids (groundwater, natural gas, geothermal fluids) (1).
  • Fluid inclusions.
  • Mineral and rocks.

1 We do not analyze industrial fluids that contain H, Cl or other halogen pollutants.

Analyzed gas and isotopes

  • 3He, 4He
  • 20Ne, 21Ne, 22Ne
  • 36Ar, 38Ar, 40Ar
  • 80Kr, 82Kr, 83Kr, 84Kr, 86Kr
  • 128Xe, 139Xe, 130Xe, 131Xe, 132Xe,134Xe,136Xe
  Geotop student Geotop researcher Academic* Industry*
(1) He isotopes + 20Ne (Helix) 280.00$ 364.00$ 544.00$ 1088.00$
(2) He isotopes (Helix) + concentrations (QMS) 305.00$ 396.50$ 593.00$ 1186.00$
(3) He isotopes (Helix) + noble gas isotopes (QMS) 330.00$ 429.00$ 641.00$ 1283.00$
(4) Noble gas isotopes on HELIX 560.00$ 728.00$ 1088.00$ 2177.00$

Other analysis configurations (e.g.: only Xe isotopes): rates on request.

Notes :

(1) 3He/4He ratio and 20Ne concentration on HELIX MC 
(2) 3He/4He ratio and 20Ne concentration on HELIX MC, and 36,40Ar, 84Kr and 132Xe on QMS
(3) 3He/4He ratio and 20Ne concentration on HELIX MC, and 36,40Ar, 80,82,83,84,86Kr and 129,130,131,132,134,136Xe on QMS 
(4) 3He/4He ratio and 20,21,22Ne, 36,38,40Ar, 80,82,83,84,86Kr and 128,129,130,131,132,134,136Xe on HELIX
*Academic and industrial rates include 15% overhead charges levied by UQAM.