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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Thermal Ionisation: Thermo Scientific Triton Plus

We have a Thermo Scientific Triton Plus Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometer (TIMS). This 7 collector instrument is housed in a purpose built clean laboratory together with clean facilities for loading and preparing filaments.  Routine analyses include the following isotope ratio systems: Sr (radiogenic and stable), Nd and Pb (using a double spike).  Additional capability includes U/Th and the stable isotope ratios of B and Ca.

Thermo Scientific Triton Plus Thermal  Ionisation Mass Spectrometer
Thermo Scientific Triton Plus Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometer

Current activity

Precise measurements of the isotopic ratios of elements in geological, environmental and archaeological samples allow many processes on the planet to be investigated.

Examples of work being carried out on this instrument includes:

Consultancy Work

In addition to carrying out analyses to support research projects across Southampton University and through collaborations around the world, we undertake bespoke analyses on behalf of commercial partners. We have a group of expert scientific and technical staff who are happy to engage in confidential discussions and provide quotes for interested users.

Future Work

We work closely with groups within NOCS, across Southampton University and from research organisations worldwide. We are always looking to extend our research portfolio and welcome enquiries from potential collaborators, especially those seeking support for post-doctoral fellowships.

Key Contacts

Dr Matthew Cooper
Professor Andy Milton

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