Trace Element Research Laboratory (TERL)

Location: 026 Mendenhall Laboratory, 125 South Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210


Contact: Dr. John Olesik, Research Scientist, 614-292-6954,

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The Trace Element Research Laboratory (TERL) has world-class capabilities for elemental chemical measurements for an incredibly wide variety of applications in earth, environmental, chemical, biological, medical and materials sciences.  Superb expertise and state of the art inductively coupled plasma based optical emission and mass spectrometry instruments are available. Most of the elements in the periodic table (other than C, N, O, F and noble gas elements) can be measured at concentrations from major (%) to ultratrace (part per trillion).  Measurements can be made on solution samples, solids following digestion or, using laser ablation sampling, directly on solids.

Available Instrumentation

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometers (ICP-OES) for elemental analysis of solutions (to ng/mL) or solids following dissolution
    • PerkinElmer Optima 3000DV ICP-OES
    • PerkinElmer Optima 4300DV ICP-OES
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) for elemental analysis of solutions (to pg/mL concentrations), solids following dissolution, or solids sampled by laser ablation (4 to 200 um spot size) and then carried into the ICP-MS in a flowing AR gas
    • PerkinElmer Sciex ELAN 6000 ICP-MS
    • PerkinElmer Sciex ELAN 6100 DRCplus ICP-MS with Dynamic Reaction Cell
    • ThermoFinnigan Element 2 ICP-Sector Field MS
    • New Wave Research UP-193 Laser Ablation with beam homogenized 193 nm laser

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