The Environmental Isotope Laboratory was initially conceived as a research facility, but presently provides fee-for-analysis services to national and international organizations including universities, government agencies and environmental consultants with links to industry. EIL responsive turnaround times, procedural integrity, accountability and quality have earned a loyal clientele worldwide. The Environmental Isotope Laboratory carries out isotopic analyses of the following types of samples:
Recent equipment additions and continued upgrading of automated techniques have allowed UW-EIL to provide the accessibility and support to an expanding user group. For example, the recent addition of a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer will benefit cooperative research and create new and possible unique isotopic possibilities for expansion of UW-EIL effort in Ca and Sr isotopes and related isotopic parameters such as Cl, Br and S.
The UW-EIL is the only Canadian laboratory analyzing bromine stable isotopes (both organic and inorganic materials), tritium, and multiple isotopes in chlorinated organics, and pesticides. The UW-EIL is one of only three laboratories worldwide offering Cl isotope analyses of organo-chloride compounds and it has developed the only continuous flow, compound specific technology for 37Cl analysis on chlorinated solvents on samples with very low concentrations (10ppb).
In order to best serve their customers’ needs, UW-EIL follows stringent calibration of all methods using international reference materials and participates in international lab inter comparative programs. To support the integrity of UW-EIL s results, state-of-the-art technical procedures incorporating Quality Assurance / Quality Control (ISO17025) guidelines are rigorously followed.