Analytical Services Unit

Analytical Services Unit
Analytical Services Unit

Dr Melissa Lafrenière, Queens University Department of Geography and Planning

The Analytical Services Unit has worked and continues to work with Dr Lafreniere on a number of projects requiring analytical methodology. In December 2019, a decision between Dr’s Allison Rutter (Director, ASU) and Melissa Lafrenière (Professor, Geography and Planning) was made to transfer equipment to the ASU. This follows the unit’s core mandate to provide centralised support to meet analytical services for a diverse range of University Departments, providing support and maintenance while deferring some of the costs by providing services to external contacts (including industry).

Thermo Scientific, ICS5000 ion chromatography system, with dual anion and cation detection capability.

Dr Allison Rutter and Dr Barb Zeeb

The ASU has previously acquired use of a new 6890 N GC with an electron capture detector (ECD) and a 5975 mass selective detector. This equipment belongs to Dr Barb Zeeb (Royal Military College - RMC) and will be maintained and used by both the ASU and Barb Zeebs graduate and undergraduate students working on a variety of different research topics. 

Dr Zeeb is cross appointed with the School of Environmental Studies, Queens University.

6890 GC with 5975 MSD and ECD


What is GCMS and what is it used for?

Agilent 5975 MSD Details

Civil Engineering at Queens University and the ASU

In 2013 the ASU assisted Dr Kevin Mumford (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science) in his decision to purchase a GC with FID, ECD and TCD detectors. An Agilent 7890B GC with a 'high end' GC Sampler 80 auto-sampler was obtained through the RFP process. The auto-sampler fully automates solid phase micro extraction (SPME) techniques.     

View of the Agilent 7890B GC

Dr Kevin Mumford at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

With the addition of a thermal conductivity detector (TCD) to the other GC detectors used at the ASU, we now have the capability to test for some simple gases (such as methane and CO2).

View of Agilent 7890B GC