Titanium Tools

Titanium Sampling Tools and Related Equipment Designed and Constructed by Tommy Nørenberg

Tommy Nørenberg
has been designing and constructing sampling tools and equipment for our team, of exceptional quality and reliability, using titanium.

These tools have been used for collecting peat cores from bogs (modified Wardenaar and Belarus-type samplers), frozen peat from the Arctic (modified SIPRE-type corer) as well as soils and snow. Tweezers made of titanium were constructed for handling ice cores in the clean lab. Check out the photo gallery to see some images of the equipment.

Recent equipment made for us by Tommy includes the valves and adapters for our groundwater research wells, the first installed in May of 2009 in stainless steel and the second installed in September of 2009 in high density polyethylene, HDPE. Tommy also built the metal-free clean air cabinets which protect these wells.

Finally, Tommy built the valve for our third groundwater research well, EGO-3 (May 2012), in surgical stainless steel. Tommy also designed, constructed, and installed a new laminar flow clean air cabinet for Mr. Stephen Ogden who constructed the beautiful, functional cabin to house the laminar flow cabinet.

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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