Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences

Analytical Laboratory @ UMN


The Analytical Geochemistry Lab in Tate Hall accepts most sample types from all UMN departments as well as from clients external to the university 

Custom consultation with an experienced analyst to meet your research needs

Applications include:

-Materials Science
                 and more


Ion chromatography (IC)
inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES)
inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Custom element suites available

Analytical Geochemistry Lab Rates 
effective 1/1/2018

Liquid samples must be homogenous or sample digestion fees apply (see Sample digestion). The lab does not accept organic solvents for analysis.

Ion chromatography for anions, 2 runs/sample, ppb-level detection

Anion suite 1: Fluoride, Chloride, Nitrite, Bromide, Nitrate, Sulfate, Phosphate.  $24.67 UMN, $40.71 external

Anion suite 1 plus Oxalate, Thiosulfate. Special handling required.  $29.22 UMN, $48.20 external


ICP-OES for major elements, 3 runs/sample, ppb-level detection:

Freshwater suite: Al, Ba, Ca, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Si, Sr.  $32.41 UMN, $53.48 external

Seawater suite: Al, Ba, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Si, Sr, Zn.  $32.41 UMN, $53.48 external

Rock majors suite: Al, Ba, Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P. Si, Sr, Ti, Zr, Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Sn.  $32.41 UMN, $53.48 external

Additional elements or custom suites (any element, not limited to above lists):  $28.30/element UMN, $46.70/element external


ICP-MS for trace elements, 3 runs/sample, ppt-level detection:

Transition metals suite: Fe, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn.  $31.92 UMN, $50 external

Water trace suite 1 w/ REE's: Al, Sc, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ga, Ge, As, Se, Rb, Y, Ag, Cd, Cs, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Tl, Pb, Th, U.  $31.92 UMN, $52.67 external

Water Trace Suite 2 w/ trace HF: B, Si, P, Ge, Kr, Sr, Nb, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd, In, Sb, Te, Ta, W, Re, Ir, Pt, Au. $31.92 UMN, $52.67 external

Isotope ratio determination:  $31.92 UMN, $52.67 external

Standard addition method, 2 runs/sample (for complicated matrices including rocks, soils, and plants):  $64.27 UMN, $106.05 external

Additional elements or custom suites (any element, not limited to above lists):  $28.30/element UMN, $46.70/element external


Sample digestion (rock samples must be <150 micron powder) 

"Benchtop" digestion @ atmospheric pressure: $14.67 UMN, $24.21 external

Pressure vessel digestion (high P&T): $38.03 UMN, $62.75 external



To request analyses please e-mail including:
- Name
- Department
- Address 
- EFS string (UMN) or contact for invoicing (external) 
- Description of samples including hazards
- Number of samples
- Desired analyses


Elizabeth Lundstrom
Department of Earth Sciences