The Metals Division analyzes trace elements in water, soil, sediment, tissue, and filters at the part-per-billion (ppb) level using EPA and NOAA methods. CESE’s most recent instrument acquisition is the Perkin Elmer/DRC-e Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS) with a CETAC Laser Ablation unit.
Recent projects supported by analyses in the Metals Division include:
- Assessment of chemical exposure and uptake of pollutants in commercially important shellfish species.
- Determination of elemental concentrations in support of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Program.
- Assessment of inorganic contaminants in global populations of sperm whales
Some of our clients and collaborators include:
- Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Biodiversity Research Institute
|Perkin Elmer/DRC-e Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS) with a CETAC Laser Ablation unit||To determine elemental concentrations from a variety of matrices, including solid samples, at trace levels|
|Perkin Elmer Optima 7300DV Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP/OES)||To determine elemental concentrations from a variety of matrices at routine and trace levels|
|Perkin Elmer FIMS Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (CVAAS)||To determine total mercury concentrations in soil/sediment, water, and tissue at routine levels|
|Milestone DMA-80 Direct Mercury Analyzer||To determine elemental concentrations in solids at routine and trace levels|
Brooks Rand Model III Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometer (CVAFS)
|To determine total, reactive, and organic mercury at extremely trace levels in precipitation, leaf litter, blood and other tissues|
TEKRAN 2600 Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometer (CVAFS)
|To determine mercury at extremely trace levels in water and other liquid matrices|
Milestone Ethos Preparation Microwave
To perform digestions on difficult matrices
|Temperature-monitored, walk-in refrigeration room||To store samples|
|3 Hot block digesters||To perform various inorganic tests|
|High-capacity 16-place rotary extractor||To perform EPA-required batch extraction|