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School of the Biological Sciences

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Making the most of over 25 years of experience in quantitative elemental analysis by inductively couple plasma (ICP) techniques to answer bio-clinical and environmental research questions, the Trace Element Analysis Facility offers expert advice to research groups and companies on quantitative element analysis, as well as sample preparation and analysis on a collaborative or fee-for-service basis.

Trace Element Analysis Facility at the Department of Veterinary Medicine


  • Current state-of-the-art Agilent triple quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (8900 ICP-MS/MS) and Horiba Jobin Yvon inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (Ultima 2c).
  • The latest microwave digestion technology in the Milestone UltraWave single reaction chamber microwave digestion system.
  • All housed in a clean and purpose designed trace element room.


  • Elemental/isotopic analysis
  • Single particle analysis
  • Single or multi-elements
  • Semi- and full-quantitative analysis
  • Heavy metals analysis
  • Impurity analysis

Samples routinely analysed:

  • Water, foods and feeds
  • Materials and minerals
  • Whole blood, serum/plasma, urine, skin, bone, intestinal and other tissues
  • PharmaceuticalsSamples from in vitro assays

Analytical concentration range

ppt (ng/L) to ppm (mg/L) - depending on element and sample type


The facility is based in the Department of Veterinary Medicine (see map)


Facility Manager: Rachel Hewitt


Access and Training

The trace element analysis facility is housed in a dedicated clean room and is therefore a service only facility. Cost variable depending on the number and frequency of samples, instrument used, number of elements and sample prep requirements. Please contact facility manager for further details.

More information and booking