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Global Water Futures Observatories
Instrumented Sites
Water Quality Centre

General Info


The Trent Water Quality Centre (WQC) is the most comprehensive mass spectrometry
facility in Canada that generates baseline and time-sensitive data via measuring isotopes
and trace amounts of organic and inorganic contaminants in biological material (food
products, plants, invertebrates, bird eggs and feathers, fur), sediments, soils, fly ash,
municipal wastewaters, industrial by-products, process waters and other environmental
Our analyses to generate data include:
• stable isotopes (eg. δ13C, δ15N, δ18O, deuterium, Mg, Fe, Zn, Hg, U) and radiogenic
(eg. Sr, Pb, Nd) isotope ratios
• single particle analysis
• emerging contaminants (eg. pharmaceuticals, personal care products)
• volatile fatty acids (VFAs)
• total Hg (no sample preparation required for solids)
• transition metal scans
• determination of low concentrations (ppt or ppq) of most metals
• P, S, Ca, Mg, Na, K analyses


Trent University

Facility Lead

Marguerite A. Xenopoulos

Primary Contacts

NameRoleContact Information
Marguerite A. XenopoulosEmail:
Phone: (705) 748-1011 ext: 7699
Lab contact informationEmail:
Phone: ESC A146 ext.7675;
ESC A143 ext. 7676

Fee for Service

Lab Equipment & Services

RefItemEquipment PurposeUnitInternal Rate *External Rate **Commercial Rate ***
Acid digestion A,B - Open vessel hotplate digestion
(aqua regia or HNO3)
per sample$30$45$60
WQC-ML-2Water sample preparation A
- Acidify with HNO3
per sample$1$1.5$2
WQC-ML-3- Filter to < 0.45 μmper sample$5$7.50$10
WQC-ML-4Sample dilutionper sample$2$3$4
WQC-ML-5ICP-QQQ-MS solution analysis A,C - Multi-element Dper sample$20$30$60
WQC-ML-6ICP-QQQ-MS solution analysis A,C – REEs Eper sample$10$15$30
WQC-ML-7Total Hg analysis (solid samples only) using Milestone
per sample$15$30$60
WQC-ML-8Isotope ratio analysis by MC-ICP-MSPlease contact usPlease contact usPlease contact us
WQC-ML-9Stable Isotope C/N Isotopes (δ 15N, δ 13C, %N, %C)
(solid samples only)
per sample$16.50F$33G$66B
WQC-ML-10Additional sample preparation, (washing of hair,
freeze drying and homogenization)
per samplePlease contact usPlease contact usPlease contact us
WQC-ML-11O/H Isotopes (δ 18O, δ 2H)per sample$15$30$60
WQC-ML-12Compound specific isotope ratio analysis by GC-IRMSper samplePlease contact usPlease contact usPlease contact us
WQC-ML-13Organics LC-MS/MS or GC-MS analysis of routine
analytes H in ‘ready-to - samples
per sample$50$100$200
WQC-ML-14Extraction of water samples and LC-MS/MS or GC-MS
analysis of routine analytes H
per sample$150$200$400
WQC-ML-15Extraction of solid samples I and LC-MS/MS or GC-MS
analysis of routine analytes H
per sample$200$250$500
WQC-ML-16Development of extraction and analysis methods for
analytes not on our routine list
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WQC-ML-17Extraction of water/solid sample and untargeted
metabolomic analysis using LC-MS/MS
per sample$250$300$600
WQC-ML-18Sample characterization using High-Resolution Mass
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