Enabling scientific discovery through stable isotope analysis
The IsoLab is a consolidated unit of an instrumentation laboratory, a sample preparation laboratory, an in-lab ice core processing / sample storage freezer laboratory, a hydrofluoric acid laboratory, repair / storage laboratory, in-lab office space, and, two outdoor redundantly cooled storage freezers. We regularly, and graciously, use Quaternary Research Center storage freezer space and library conference room.

Instrumentation Laboratory:
The instrumentation laboratory is 890 sq ft and currently has five isotope ratio mass spectrometers and three cavity-ring-down spectroscopy lasers devoted to the isotopic analyses of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. Each instrument is computer controlled with Windows based software. Two additional computers are housed for data reduction, storage, and backup. This lab also has a chemical fume hood and compressed gas cylinder rack. Below are links to each method currently running.

Carbonate - δ13C, δ18O

Kiel carbonate device and delta plus
Finnigan DeltaPlus with Kiel III Carbonate Device

Nitrate - δ15N, δ18O, Δ17O

Delta plus advantage, gas bench and precon
Finnigan DeltaPlus Advantage with PreCon and GasBench

Nitrate & Sulfate - Δ17O

MAT253 with TC/EA
Finnigan MAT253 with TC/EA

Organic - δ13C, δ15N, δ34S

MAT253 with EA
Finnigan MAT253 with EA

Water - δ18O

Micromass IsoPrime
Micromass IsoPrime with autosampler

Water - δD

H Device DeltaPlus
Finnigan Delta plus with H device

Water - δD and δ18O

Los Gatos Research Laser
Los Gatos Research DLT-100 Cavity Ringdown Laser

Water - δD and δ18O

Picarro Laser
Picarro L1102-i Cavity Ringdown Laser

Water Δ17O

MAT253 with Dual-inlet
Finnigan MAT253 with Dual-inlet

Sample Preparation Laboratory:
The sample preparation laboratory is 780 sq ft and has a carbonate digestion / CO2 purification vacuum line, a glass mulipurpose vacuum line, a water fluorination vacuum line, two microbalances, three coarse balances, three drying ovens, one muffle furnace, a refrigerator, two fume hoods, a reciprical shaker, and flexible lab bench space. Below are links to the vacuum sample preparation lines.

Water Δ17O Preparation

Water 17O Preparation Line
Water 17O preparation line

Carbonate Δ47CO2

carbonate prep line
Carbonate Δ47CO2 Preparation Line

Core Processing Freezer:
The in-lab ice core processing / short-term sample storage freezer is 140 sq ft and is held at -8*C. Samples stored in this freezer are in the process of being analyzed. This cold room has bench space and an Inca band saw for modest ice core processing for water isotope analysis.

Hydrofluoric Acid Laboratory:
The hydrofluoric acid laboratory is 160 sq ft and has a corrosive resistant fume hood, a Sorvall Evolution superspeed centrifuge, sink with tap water and DI water, and an eye-wash station.

Repair / Storage Laboratory:
The repair / storage laboratory is 220 sq ft and has a constant volume fume hood, storage cabinets, tools, and a work bench.

Outdoor freezers:
The two outdoor redundantly cooled storage freezers are 300 sq ft each and are held at -35 °C. One of these freezers has a small isolatable front room for sample processing.