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We provide analytical support for isotopic and geochemical research to external parties such as university scientists, government agencies, private enterprises, and other members of the international research community.

Various analytical techniques are offered in our laboratory (e.g. MC-ICP-MS for isotopic analyses and Quadrupole-MS for trace element analyses).

Analysis of isotopic compositions by MC-ICP-MS of Pb, Nd, Hf, Cu, Zn, Fe

Instrumentation: Nu Plasma I MC-ICP-MS with HR capability, Nu Plasma II MC-ICP-MS with HR capability. Introduction systems: APEX, Cetac Aridus II, Nu Instruments DSN-100 desolvating nebulizer. Measurements can be performed in wet plasma mode and in dry plasma mode.

Our pricing per sample for academic parties is displayed below. Pricing for non-academic parties is available upon request. Rates are broken down into sample preparation step (leaching, dissolution, purification) fees and analysis fees.

The rate per sample includes use of lab material, ultrapure acids, ion exchange resin. It also includes a technician fee. Prices are adaptable according to the client's analytical wishes.

Fee per sample Pb Sr Nd Hf Fe Cu Zn
Leaching €15 - - - - - -
Dissolution* €20 €20 €20 €20 €20 €20 €20
Purification €15 €30 €65 €60 €30 €30 €30
Analysis** €35 €35 €35 €35 €110 €100 €100
Total per sample €85 €85 €120 €115 €160 €150 €150

*Closed beaker digestion on hot plate. For bomb digestion add €15

**For Pb, Sr, Nd and Hf: single measurements; for Fe, Cu and Zn: triplicate measurements

Note: All of our prices are VAT NON-included (21%) and since September 2011, ULB applies a 15% overhead fee

For all further inquiries please contact Nadine Mattielli (nmattiel@ulb.ac.be). In order to provide you with the best service possible, please do not send your samples before consultation with Dr. Mattielli.

Analysis of elemental concentration by quadripole ICP-MS

Dissolution can be done either by acid digestion or alkaline fusion. There is an ICP-MS analysis cost 60€ per operating hour.

Please contact Dr. Vinciane Debaille (vdebaill@ulb.ac.be) for further inquiries.

Laboratoire G-Time Université Libre de Bruxelles Département Géosciences, Environnement et Société CP 160/02, 50 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium