Analytical capabilities:

In collaboration with the Scientific and Technological Centers of the University of Barcelona, CCiTUB.

Conventional chemical analyses

  • Major and trace elements in solution: ICP-OES, ICP-MS, AA, GC-MS, HPLC, etc.

Mineralogical and microscopic characterization

  •   Mineralogical characterization (DRX, SEM-EDS, EPMA, FRX) and microscopic characterization (SEM, TEM, AFM) of ore and rock forming minerals
  •   Fluid inclusion studies
  •   Characterization of mineral rock alteration and durability in a construction context (slopes, concrete, etc.)

Isotopic analyses

  • Water

δ18O and δ2H of water, for several types of water (freshwater, saline water, water contaminated with organic compounds, etc.)

  • Dissolved species

δ15N and δ18O of dissolved nitrate, nitrite, ammonium and N2O

δ34S and δ18O of dissolved sulfate and hydrogen sulfide

δ13C of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), organic carbon (DOC) and CO2

  • Elemental analysis in solids

δ13C and δ15N in fertilizers, agricultural wastes, soils, sediments and biological samples (meat, fat, muscle, hair, etc.)

δ15N and δ18O in natural matrices

δ13C and δ18O in carbonate minerals and other natural matrices

δ34S and δ18O in sulfates and sulfide minerals (barite, gypsum, pyrite, sphalerite, galena, etc.)

  • Sequential extraction of specific compounds in solid matrices

δ34S and δ18O in mine tailings (sulfide-sulfate), sediments, fertilizers (sulfate) and other residues

δ15N and δ18O in soils (nitrate-ammonium), fertilizers (nitrate-ammonium) and other residues

  • Compound-specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA)

δ13C of organic compounds in environmental matrices:

  •        Chlorinated compounds: carbon tetrachloride (CT), chloroform (CF), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-1,2- dichloroethylene (c-DCE), etc.
  •        Petroleum hydrocarbons: BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes)
  •        Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  •        Oxygenated fuels: methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE)

δ2H of BTEX, MTBE, ETBE and PAHs

δ37Cl of of chlorinated volatile organic compounds

Experimental capabilities:

  •  Microcosms, batch, flow-through and column laboratory experiments under oxic/anoxic conditions
  •  Characterization of contaminated sites. Field research and pilot-plant tests for natural and induced attenuation