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Global Water Futures Observatories
Instrumented Sites
Aqueous Analysis Laboratory

General Info


The AAL contains instruments to generate baseline and time-sensitive data by measuring the elemental composition and chemical speciation of aqueous solutions to support water quality research.


University of Waterloo

Facility Lead

Philippe Van Cappellen

Primary Contacts

NameRoleContact Information
Philippe Van CappellenFacility LeadEmail:
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 41320
Marianne VanderGriendtPrimary ContactE-mail:
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 45180 or lab ext. 31791

Fee for Service

Lab Equipment & Services

RefItemEquipment PurposeUnitInternal Rate *External Rate **Commercial Rate ***
AAL-ML-1Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) (Thermo Scientific iCAP 6300)Water quality (either major cationic elements (Al, Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, S, and Si) or trace metals (As, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Sr, Zn), other trace metals upon request (B, Ag, Cd, Co, Hg, Mo, Se Tl))per sample$65$75 $101
AAL-ML-2Gallery™ Discrete Analyzer (Thermo Scientific)Water quality (nutrients)per sample$30$35 $47
AAL-ML-3aCapillary Ion Chromatograph system (Dionex ICS-5000 with auto sampler)Water quality (inorganic anions (e.g., nitrate, sulfate, chloride, bromide), organic acids (e.g., acetate, butyrate, succinate))per sample (for 7 inorganic anions only)$40 $46$62
AAL-ML-3b" "" "per sample (for 7 inorganic ions plus organic acids)$50$58 $78
AAL-ML-4Total Organic C, Total N Analyzer (Shimadzu TOC-LCPH/CPN with auto injector)Water quality (organic and inorganic carbon and total nitrogen)per sample$40 $46 $62
AAL-ML-5Gas Chromatograph (Shimadzu)Greenhouse and standard gas analysisper sample$65$75$101
AAL-ML-6Water Isotope Analyzer (Picarro L2130-i Isotope and Gas Concentration Analyzer)Water quality (δ18O and δD for Isotopic H2O)per sample$40 $46 $62
AAL-ML-7Carbon-13 CH4/CO2 Isotope Analyzer (Picarro G2201-i Isotopic Analyzer)Greenhouse gas analysis (δ13C- CH4 and CO2)per sample$50$58$78
AAL-ML-8UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (Thermo Evolution 260)Water quality (nutrients, chlorophyll-a)per sample$35$40 $54
AAL-ML-9Voltammeter (Metrohm 797 VA Computrace voltammeter with autosampler)Trace analysis (metal speciation)per sample$65$75$101
AAL-ML-10Atomic fluorescence (AFS) (PSAnalytical PSA 10.055 Millenium Excalibur with PSA 20.400 Autosampler)Trace analysis (measures total arsenic (10 ppt) and selenium (2 ppt) in aqueous samples)per sample$65$75$101
AAL-ML-11HPLC coupled to Atomic fluorescence (HPLC-UV-HG-AFS) (Agilent HPLC used in conjunction with the Millenium Excalibur)Trace analysis (selenium speciation) per sample$65$75$101
AAL-ML-12Multimeterprobes (ThermoScientific Orion VersaStar)Probes for:
• pH
• Eh/ORP (redox potential)
• Electrical conductivity
• Temperature
• Dissolved oxygen
per day$100$115 $155
AAL-ML-13Multi-mode plate Reader, Flex Station 3, Molecular Devices Automated well plate reader, Fluorescence, Absorbance, Luminescenceper day$125$144 $194
AAL-L-14Standard equipment (1)Autoclave (Tuttnauer model 3850E Electronic Tabletop)
Analytical balance (Mettler Toledo XS205 Dual Range)
Weigh scales (Mettler Toledo New Classic MF)
Dishwasher (Miele Professional)
Sterile laminar flow hoods (AirClean)
Oven (ThermoScientific Heratherm)
Centrifuge (ThermoScientific Sorvall ST16R)
Temperature-controlled incubators
per day$100$115 $155
AAL-ML-15Standard equipment (2)Temperature-controlled chambers Anaerobic chambersper day$125$144 $194