Light stable isotope geochemistry laboratory

labo stables

Laboratory manager: Dr. Jean-François Hélie
Email: helie.jean-francois [at] uqam.ca

Ph.: 514-987-3000 poste 2413 ou 3472
Cell: 514-916-6086

Technician: Agnieszka Adamowicz

Address:

Geotop-UQAM 
201 Président-Kennedy Ave., 7th floor
Montréal, QC
H2X 3Y7
Canada

The light stable isotopes geochemistry laboratory of Geotop-UQAM is located downtown Montreal on the campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal, within the Pierre-Dansereau science complex. Founded in 1967 by professor Claude Hillaire-Marcel (now emeritus), the laboratory is managed by Dr. Jean-François Hélie, adjunct professor at the Earth and atmospheric sciences department of UQAM. We provide service to academics as well as to government agencies. parapublic agencies and the private sector. Research fields of the laboratory’s users include geology, biology, environment, geography, Kinanthropology, archeology, etc. The laboratory’s mission in the field of stable isotope geochemistry has been threefold for more than 40 years: i) to train undergraduate and graduate students. ii) to participate in cutting edge research and iii) to serve external clients. We can analyse stable isotopes of hydrogen (1H, 2H), carbon (12C, 13C), nitrogen (14N, 15N), oxygen (16O, 18O) and sulfur (34S, 32S) on a variety of organic and inorganic samples. The laboratory is involved in a wide range of research projects including: hydrological and biogeochemial tracing, paleoclimatology, paleonutrition, detection of fraud in the food industry. etc.

For information on sample submission, please contact Dr. Jean-François Hélie by e-mail at helie.jean-francois [at] uqam.ca or by phone at (514) 987-3000 ext. 2413. All sample submission need to be accompanied by a sample submission sheet found under the Forms menu.

 

Isoprime MultiCarb
multicarb Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector in dual inlet mode coupled to a MultiCarb system. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of micro amounts of carbonates for δ13C & δ18O (0.5 to 1 μmol).
Isoprime AquaPrep
aquaprep Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector coupled to an Elementar Vario MicroCube elemental analyzer in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ13C & δ15N of solid samples (mostly organics).
Isoprime 100 DI – MicroGas
microgas Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector and a 6 collectors array (CO2 isotopologues) in dual inlet mode. It is also coupled to an MicroGas system in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ13C of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), δ13C & δ18O of CO2 and CO2 isotopologues (Δ47).
Isoprime 100 MicroCube
microcube Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector coupled to an Elementar Vario MicroCube elemental analyzer in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ13C & δ15N of solid samples (mostly organics).
VisIon PyroCube
pyrocube vision Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector coupled to an Elementar Vario PyroCube elemental analyzer in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ18O of solid samples by pyrolysis but can also be reconfigured combustion mode for the measurement du of δ13C, δ15N & δ34S of solid samples.
LGR-T-LWIA-45-EP
lgr Isotope Ratio Infrared Spectrometer with two lasers for the simultaneous measurements of δ18O, δ2H & δ17O by Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy. This instrument is equipped with an auto-sampler for measurements in liquid mode.
Carlo Erba NC2500
carloerba Elemental analyzer for the measurement of %C, %N & %S by combustion, separation of elements by gas chromatography and thermal conductivity detector (TCD). 
Microbalances

 

microbalance 2 Sartorius M2P microbalances (1μg to 2g).

 

Isotopic analyses:

Analysis Isotopes
Carbonates δ13C & δ18O
Organic matter δ13C, δ15N, δ34S & δ18O
Inorganic matter δ13C, δ34S & δ18O
Water by equilibration (IRMS) δ18O & δ2H
Water by OA-ICOS δ18O, δ2H & δ17O
Inorganic carbon (particulate and dissolved) δ13C
Organic carbon (particulate and dissolved) δ13C
CO2 (respired, hydrothermal, etc.) δ13C & δ18O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other analyses : 

%C, %N, %S & %O

Analysis UQAM - student UQAM - other Academic Commercial
 18O, 2H water - LGR  10,00$  15,00$  25,00$  50,00$
 2H water - IRMS  13,00$  17,00$  20,00$  60,00$
 18O water - IRMS  13,00$  17,00$  20,00$  60,00$
 13C et 18O calcite  10,00$  16,00$  20,00$  60,00$
 13C CID  15,00$  20,00$  25,00$  65,00$
 13C respired CO2  10,00$  11,00$  15,00$  20,00$
 13C and/or 15N OM*  11,00$  13,00$  15,00$  45,00$
 34S solids  12,00$  17,00$   18,00$  50,00$
18O solids  15,00$  18,00$  20,00$  65,00$
         
 % total C and N*  10,00$ 13,00$ 15,00$ 30,00$
 % inorganic C  10,00$ 13,00$ 20,00$ 30,00$
         
 Freezedryer      5$/sample/day 5$/sample/day
 MilliQ water      10$/litre 10$/litre
 Microbalance      20$/hour 20$/hour
 Preparation - extra      20$/hour 20$/hour

* 50% overchage for filters and samples > 10mg

All sample submission MUST be accompanied by a sample submission form and a detailed sample list. The sample submissions forms must be e-mailed to helie.jean-francois [at] uqam.ca. It is imperative that submission forms be as detailed as possible.

Please mention ALL desired analyses by using the appropriate sheet on the Excel form. The information in the columns in red are mandatory.

Download the form here.

Unbuiliding, cleaning and rebuilding a IRMS source

The light stable isotopes geochemistry laboratory of Geotop-UQAM is located downtown Montreal on the campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal, within the Pierre-Dansereau science complex. Founded in 1967 by professor Claude Hillaire-Marcel (now emeritus), the laboratory is managed by Dr. Jean-François Hélie, adjunct professor at the Earth and atmospheric sciences department of UQAM. We provide service to academics as well as to government agencies. parapublic agencies and the private sector. Research fields of the laboratory’s users include geology, biology, environment, geography, Kinanthropology, archeology, etc. The laboratory’s mission in the field of stable isotope geochemistry has been threefold for more than 40 years: i) to train undergraduate and graduate students. ii) to participate in cutting edge research and iii) to serve external clients. We can analyse stable isotopes of hydrogen (1H, 2H), carbon (12C, 13C), nitrogen (14N, 15N), oxygen (16O, 18O) and sulfur (34S, 32S) on a variety of organic and inorganic samples. The laboratory is involved in a wide range of research projects including: hydrological and biogeochemial tracing, paleoclimatology, paleonutrition, detection of fraud in the food industry. etc.

For information on sample submission, please contact Dr. Jean-François Hélie by e-mail at helie.jean-francois [at] uqam.ca or by phone at (514) 987-3000 ext. 2413. All sample submission need to be accompanied by a sample submission sheet found under the Forms menu.

Isoprime MultiCarb
multicarb Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector in dual inlet mode coupled to a MultiCarb system. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of micro amounts of carbonates for δ13C & δ18O (0.5 to 1 μmol).
Isoprime AquaPrep
aquaprep Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector coupled to an Elementar Vario MicroCube elemental analyzer in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ13C & δ15N of solid samples (mostly organics).
Isoprime 100 DI – MicroGas
microgas Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector and a 6 collectors array (CO2 isotopologues) in dual inlet mode. It is also coupled to an MicroGas system in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ13C of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), δ13C & δ18O of CO2 and CO2 isotopologues (Δ47).
Isoprime 100 MicroCube
microcube Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector coupled to an Elementar Vario MicroCube elemental analyzer in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ13C & δ15N of solid samples (mostly organics).
VisIon PyroCube
pyrocube vision Isotope ratio mass spectrometer with a universal triple collector coupled to an Elementar Vario PyroCube elemental analyzer in Continuous Flow mode. This instrument is dedicated to the measurement of δ18O of solid samples by pyrolysis but can also be reconfigured combustion mode for the measurement du of δ13C, δ15N & δ34S of solid samples.
LGR-T-LWIA-45-EP
lgr Isotope Ratio Infrared Spectrometer with two lasers for the simultaneous measurements of δ18O, δ2H & δ17O by Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy. This instrument is equipped with an auto-sampler for measurements in liquid mode.
Carlo Erba NC2500
carloerba Elemental analyzer for the measurement of %C, %N & %S by combustion, separation of elements by gas chromatography and thermal conductivity detector (TCD). 
Microbalances

 

microbalance 2 Sartorius M2P microbalances (1μg to 2g).

 

Isotopic analyses:

Analysis Isotopes
Carbonates δ13C & δ18O
Organic matter δ13C, δ15N, δ34S & δ18O
Inorganic matter δ13C, δ34S & δ18O
Water by equilibration (IRMS) δ18O & δ2H
Water by OA-ICOS δ18O, δ2H & δ17O
Inorganic carbon (particulate and dissolved) δ13C
Organic carbon (particulate and dissolved) δ13C
CO2 (respired, hydrothermal, etc.) δ13C & δ18O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other analyses : 

%C, %N, %S & %O

Analysis UQAM - student UQAM - other Academic Commercial
 18O, 2H water - LGR  10,00$  15,00$  25,00$  50,00$
 2H water - IRMS  13,00$  17,00$  20,00$  60,00$
 18O water - IRMS  13,00$  17,00$  20,00$  60,00$
 13C et 18O calcite  10,00$  16,00$  20,00$  60,00$
 13C CID  15,00$  20,00$  25,00$  65,00$
 13C respired CO2  10,00$  11,00$  15,00$  20,00$
 13C and/or 15N OM*  11,00$  13,00$  15,00$  45,00$
 34S solids  12,00$  17,00$   18,00$  50,00$
18O solids  15,00$  18,00$  20,00$  65,00$
         
 % total C and N*  10,00$ 13,00$ 15,00$ 30,00$
 % inorganic C  10,00$ 13,00$ 20,00$ 30,00$
         
 Freezedryer      5$/sample/day 5$/sample/day
 MilliQ water      10$/litre 10$/litre
 Microbalance      20$/hour 20$/hour
 Preparation - extra      20$/hour 20$/hour

* 50% overchage for filters and samples > 10mg

All sample submission MUST be accompanied by a sample submission form and a detailed sample list. The sample submissions forms must be e-mailed to helie.jean-francois [at] uqam.ca. It is imperative that submission forms be as detailed as possible.

Please mention ALL desired analyses by using the appropriate sheet on the Excel form. The information in the columns in red are mandatory.

Download the form here.

Unbuiliding, cleaning and rebuilding a IRMS source