Chemistry Laboratory

The CERC.OCEAN laboratory focuses on chemical oceanography with a number of high-quality instruments. To see what instruments, techniques, and measurements we are conducting within this laboratory, please see the list below:

Current Instrumentation and Analysis


Thermo Delta V IRMS

δ15N on nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia


Picarro L2130-i Water Isotope Analyzer

δ18O and δ2D


Elementar MicroCube and Isoprime 100

δ15N and δ13C in bulk organic and inorganic solids


Apollo acidification system coupled to a Picarro G2201-i analyzer

δ13C in Dissolved Inorganic Carbon (DIC-C13)


Guildline 8410A Salinometer



Skalar SAN++ Continuous Flow Nutrient Analyzer



Dickson Total Alkalinity Titrator

Total Alkalinity in seawater & freshwater


Apollo Spectrophotometric Seawater pH Analyzer



Winkler Oxygen Titrator

Dissolved Oxygen


Agilent 7890B Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer 5977A

Halocarbon Gases concentrations


Agilent 7890B Series Gas Chromatograph - an Agilent 7697A Headspace Sampler  

Nitrous Oxide (N2O) in water

Shimadzu TOC-L Analyzer

Total Organic Carbon in water

Method Under Development

Picarro G5131-i Analyzer - nitrous oxide isotopes and concentration




Laboratory Analytical Service  

Analytical services is available on a cost-recovery basis. The following list includes our services and the corresponding prices (in Canadian dollars) for different types of customers. Please contact our lab manager Claire Normandeau ( for inquiry.


Analysis Academic Private/Government
%N, %C, δ15N and δ13C in solids
%N, %C only
Nitrous oxide (N2O) - δ15N
$33.70* $47.00*
δ18O and δ2D of water $18.00
Dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) - δ13C $22.00
Halocarbon Gases
(CH3I, CH2Cl, CH2I2 , CH2Br2 , CHBr3)
$17.00 $25.00
Nitrous oxide (N2O) $17.00 $25.00
Carbon dioxide (CO2) $17.00 $25.00
Methane (CH4) $17.00 $25.00
Oxygen (Winkler's titration) $17.00 $25.00
Salinity $19.00 $28.00
Total Alkalinity
$25.00 $36.00
pH $22.00 $32.00
Nutrients (NO2-, NO3-, PO43-, SiO4-, NH4+)

For 1 or 2 nutrients only



* Does not include sample preparation

Prices are per sample and in Canadian dollars.
All prices are subject to change without notice.