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Shared Services Laboratory

The Shared Services Laboratory have specialized laboratories as well as microscopy and sample preparation rooms. They provide users with quality material and technical support in a safe environment.

This facility features a full range of state-of-the-art instruments for analyzing water samples by colorimetry, spectrophotometry, fluorometry, scintigraphy, and chromatography, as well as organic compounds and trace metals in various matrices.

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC GP50)

UV/visible spectrophotometer with temperature control block for samples (Cary 300)

Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR)

Gas chromatograph

Mercury analyzer

Equipment

The Shared Services Laboratories house instruments and equipment acquired through research grants by Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre faculty members in order to make optimal use of all laboratory resources, combining state-of-the-art equipment and experienced personnel.

In addition to the equipment described below, the Shared Services Laboratory includes a laboratory truck.

Analyzer of carbon and nitrogen in aqueous solutions

Manufacturer/Brand: Shimadzu

Model: TOC Vcph & nitrogen module TNM-1

Description

Measurement of the different forms of carbon (organic and inorganic) and total nitrogen in aqueous solutions. For the analysis of total and organic carbon and total nitrogen, the sample is injected into a combustion furnace and the carbon is transformed into CO2, then it is measured by an infrared detector. In the case of total nitrogen, detection is by chemiluminescence. For inorganic carbon, the sample is injected into a cell containing an acid solution that converts the carbonates into CO2, which is then measured by the infrared detector.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 50 days per year.

Analyzer of carbon and nitrogen in aqueous solutions
Analyzer of carbon and nitrogen in aqueous solutions

Autoanalyser

Manufacturer/Brand: Lachat Instruments

Model: Quickchem 8000

Description

Automated colorimetric analyses of several compounds using traditional colorimetric methods.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 75 days per year.

Autoanalyser
Autoanalyser

CHNS elemental analyzer

Manufacturer/Brand: Leco

Model: Truspec Micro

Description

Simultaneous measurement of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulphur in solid samples. Measurement involves 2 steps: combustion at 1000°C followed by analysis of different gases using infrared detectors (carbon, hydrogen and sulphur) and a thermal conductivity detector (nitrogen).

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Class 1000 cleanroom with class 100 workspaces

Description

These rooms allows to work without potential contamination by dust.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Conductivity meter

Description

Measurement of the electrical conductivity in a solution.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Rock crusher

Description

Used to crush rocks.

 

Fluxer (alkaline fusion)

Manufacturer/Brand: Claisse

Model: Fluxy

Description

The alkaline fusion technique is used to bring solid samples such as rocks, soils, and sediments into solution. This technique is very effective to bring geological samples into solution from which their major and trace elements can be measured.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR)

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: IS50

Description

Measurement of the spectrum of absorption or emission, photoconductivity or infrared diffusion of a solid, liquid or gas sample.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR)
Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR)

Gamma counter

Manufacturer/Brand: Perkin Elmer

Model: 2480

Description

Measurement of  the radioactivity of gamma-emitting isotopes such as cadmium-109, zinc-65, mercury-203 mainly used in laboratory experiments.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

 

Gamma counter equipped with a high-purity germanium detector

Manufacturer/Brand: Ortec

Model: GWL-150

Description

Measurement of the natural gamma radioactivity, including lead-210 and cesium-137, in order to date young sediments (<150 years).

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Gas chromatograph

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: 1310

Description

Specifically configured for the measurement of greenhouse and light gases.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Gas chromatograph
Gas chromatograph

 

Gas Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS Trace 1310)

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: Trace 1310

Description

Measurement of organic compounds in different matrices (water, soil, sediment, etc.).

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Gas Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS Trace 1310)
Gas Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS Trace 1310)

 

Gas Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS Clarus 500)

Manufacturer/Brand: Perkin Elmer

Model: Clarus 500

Description

Measurement of organic compounds in different matrices (water, soil, sediment, etc.).

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Gas Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS Clarus 500)
Gas Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS Clarus 500)

Gas chromatograph with FID and TCD detectors

Manufacturer/Brand: Agilent

Model: 7890

Description

Measurement of organic compounds in different matrices (water, soil, sediment, etc.).

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Gas chromatograph with FID and TCD detectors
Gas chromatograph with FID and TCD detectors

 

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC AS50)

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: AS50

Description

Measurement of trace organic compounds in different types of samples (water, soil, sediment, etc.). In addition to the HPLC module, four different detectors (diode array, electrochemical, fluorescence, and refractive index) are available to cover a wide range of compounds.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC GP50)

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: GP50

Description

Measurement of trace organic compounds in different types of samples (water, soil, sediment, etc.). In addition to the HPLC module, four different detectors (diode array, electrochemical, fluorescence, and refractive index) are available to cover a wide range of compounds.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC GP50)
High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC GP50)

 

 

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) that can be coupled with ICP-MS

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Variety: Spectra

Description

This HPLC is normally coupled to the ICP-MS to carry metal speciation, to separate different organic molecules such as proteins and to identify metals bound to these molecules.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: XSeries 2

Description

Measurement of trace elements in aqueous solutions in concentrations of the order of ppt. This ICP-MS is very efficient for the analysis of trace metals and rare earth elements.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) – Radial view

Manufacturer/Brand: Varian Medical Systems

Model: 730

Description

Simultaneous measurement of several elements (mainly cations). Concentrations from ppb to ppm can be measured depending on the element. The ICP-OES radial view has a lower sensitivity that the ICP-OPES axial view for most elements. However it is more robust and less affected by complex matrices.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 75 days per year.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) - Radial view
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) – Radial view

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) – Dual view

Manufacturer/Brand: Agilent

Model: 5110 SVDV

Description

Simultaneous measurement of several elements (mainly cations). Concentrations from ppb to ppm can be measured depending on the element.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 75 days per year.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) – Dual view
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) – Dual view

Ion chromatograph

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: Integrion HPIC

Description

Measurement of anions in aqueous samples. It is also possible to measure organic acids and perchlorates.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Ion chromatograph
Ion chromatograph

 

 

Laser granulometer

Manufacturer/Brand: Horiba Scientific

Model: LA-950

Description

Measurement of particle sizes in solid samples such as soils and sediments. The technique is based on light diffraction. It is more accurate than the traditional sieve grain size measurement technique.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Liquid Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (LC MS/MS)

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: TSQ Quantum

Description

Measurement of trace organic compounds in different types of samples (water, soil, sediment, etc.). The LC MS/MS is particularly efficient for the analysis of endocrine disrupting compounds and certain pesticides. It is a liquid chromatograph coupled to a tandem mass spectrometer (MS/MS).

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Liquid Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (LC MS/MS)
Liquid Chromatograph coupled to a Mass Spectrometer (LC MS/MS)

 

 

Lyophilizer

Manufacturer/Brand: Cascade

Model: FTS FD2085C0000

Description

Used to dry samples by sublimation, which implies that the sample has to be frozen. This drying technique minimizes potential contamination or loss of volatile compounds or elements such as mercury.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Lyophilizer
Lyophilizer

Mercury analyzer

Manufacturer/Brand: Milestone

Model: DMA-80 

Description

Measurement of total mercury in solid or liquid matrices without any sample preparation. The measurement involves 3 steps: sample combustion, mercury trapping on a gold cell, mercury desorption and atomic absorption analysis.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. The laboratory also offers a complete analysis service.

Mercury analyzer
Mercury analyzer

 

Mills: agate and disc

Description

Two types of mills, one is made of agate, the other is a disc mill. The latter can be used to grind, cut, shear, shred, fiberize, pulverize, granulate, crack, rub, curl, fluff, twist, hull, blend, or refine.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Oximeter and pH meter

Description

Oximeter: Measurement of the concentration of molecular oxygen in a gas mixture or a liquid.

pH meter: Mesurement of the pH of a solution.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Polarograph (with electrode)

Manufacturer/Brand: Bioanalytical Systems (electrode: Metrohm)

Model: 100B (electrode: 663Vastand)

Description

Measurement of different labile compounds (metals and sulphur) using a mercury electrode (HMDE).

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Scintillation counter

Manufacturer/Brand: Perkin Elmer

Model: Tricarb 2910 TR

Description

Measurement of the radioactivity of beta-emitting isotopes such as carbon-14 and tritium mainly used in laboratory experiments.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

 

 

Spectrofluorometer

Manufacturer/Brand: Varian Medical Systems

Model: Cary Eclipse

Description

Measurement of the fluorescent properties of compounds in solution. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses can be done. Two types of energy, excitation and emission, are involved. Useful for measuring compounds such as chlorophyll.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

Spectrofluorometer
Spectrofluorometer

Ultracentrifuge

Manufacturer/Brand: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Model: Series WX

Description

Separation of very fine particles from a liquid. Used for protein separation in biology.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

UV/visible spectrophotometer with temperature control block for samples (Cary 100)

Manufacturer/Brand: Varian Medical Systems

Model: Cary 100

Description

UV/visible double beam spectrophotometer used for colorimetric analyses.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

UV/visible spectrophotometer with temperature control block for samples (Cary 100)
UV/visible spectrophotometer with temperature control block for samples (Cary 100)

UV/visible spectrophotometer with temperature control block for samples (Cary 300)

Manufacturer/Brand: Varian Medical Systems

Model: Cary 300

Description

UV/visible double beam spectrophotometer used for colorimetric analyses.

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year.

UV/visible spectrophotometer with temperature control block for samples (Cary 300)
UV/visible spectrophotometer with temperature control block for samples (Cary 300)

Walk-in growth chambers

Description

These rooms allow to work in a temperature-controlled environment (4-25°C)

Conditions of use

This equipment can be used with the full assistance of a technician or by internal or external users after training. For external users, it is available about 100 days per year

Qualified staff

The Shared Services Laboratory are managed and operated by a highly experienced team. The lab manager is in charge of coordinating activities and supervising staff. He ensures that analytical methods are up to date and that laboratory safety rules and quality control procedures are followed.

A team of technicians helps develop analytical methods, train students, and perform most of the chemical and biological analyses required for research projects. They also maintain the equipment they are responsible for. The team also includes certified divers who collect samples and install equipment during field campaigns.

The Shared Services Laboratory have up-do-date safety equipment, and all staff are trained in first aid.

 

Availability

The Water Sciences Shared Services Laboratories are available to Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre faculty members, students, and staff for research projects. Interns from various academic institutions are also occasionally accepted.

Lab resources can also be used for external collaborations and R&D contracts. Contact us.

The Shared Services Laboratory have all the equipment required for the:

  • Analysis of water samples by colorimetry, fluorometry, spectrometry, scintigraphy, and chromatography, as well as organic compounds and trace metals in various matrices.
  • Elemental analysis of solid samples.

Most of the lab equipment was acquired through grants from the Canada  Foundation fo Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Contacts

Lise Rancourt
Laboratory Manager
Téléphone : 418 654-2630
lise.rancourt@inrs.ca

Carole Parent
Partnerships and Research Development Advisor
Phone: 418-654-2531
carole.parent@inrs.ca

Shared Services Laboratory

Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

490 de la Couronne Street

Québec City, Quebec  G1K 9A9

Canada

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