Research Facilities

Research Facilities

Support has been approved for state-of-the-art metal-free clean labs and the following infrastructure:
(1) SF-ICP-MS to allow all of the relevant major, trace, and ultratrace elements, as well as stable Pb isotope ratios (206Pb, 207Pb, 208Pb), to be determined in a broad range of sample media.
(2) FFFF separation technology which will be coupled to the SF ICP-MS to provide size-resolved analyses of elements and Pb isotope ratios in particles, aerosols and colloids.
(3) High-pressure autoclave for digesting solid samples, to allow elemental and isotopic analyses of soils, sediment, and plant materials, a sub-boiling distillation unit for the production of high quality nitric acid (for the acid digestions), a cleaning system for leaching of sampling containers, and an ultrapure water system for dilution.
(4) Ultralow background gamma spectrometers for measuring radioactive isotopes, namely 7Be, 210Pb, 137Cs, 241Am, for age dating recent samples, and for studying chemical diagenesis.



Current Research

My main research areas are human impacts on the geochemical cycles of potentially toxic trace elements, including archives of atmospheric change (peat bogs and polar ice cores), fate in soils and sediments, and impacts on natural freshwaters. Read more ...


The SWAMP lab is concerned with environmental quality in its broadest sense: the quality of our soil resources, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. The research lab is a unique state-of-the-art, metal-free, clean-lab and analytical facility. Read more ...


I am the President of the Elmvale Foundation, a Canadian, federally registered charity for environmental science education which I created in 2007. The main public education initiative of this Foundation is the Elmvale Water Festival which uses the water emanating from artesian springs in the Elmvale area as a tool for environmental education.

Contact Me

Prof. William Shotyk
348 B South Academic Building

Tel.: 780-492-7155
Fax: 780-492-4323

Office Hours:
By appointment

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