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.