PEER Locations

SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark) EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research Centre IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom) Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany) CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research peer

Research Facility

The members of PEER run major research facilities, some of them unique. Please find below an overview of the facilties which are open to interested researchers.

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Competence Centre “Isotopes in Environmental and Biosciences”

Centre running the infrastructure:

  • UFZ

Type of facility:

  • Laboratory / high-end instrument

Short description:

The Competence Centre “Isotopes in Environmental and Biosciences” offers a broad spectrum of analytics, excellent instrumentation and expert knowledge for many applications of modern isotope techniques in today’s environmental research.

Major research issues/sites:

  • Analysis of terrestrial biogeochemical cycles using stable isotopes
  • "Environmental Forensic" for analysing sources, transport and sinks of (anthropogenic) contaminants
  • Characterisation of the water cycle

Short technical description:

Laboratory for Stable Isotopes Leipzig (LSI)

  • 2 GC/C IRMS for 13C and 15N (MAT 252)
  • 2 GC/C/Pyr IRMS for 13C, 15N and HD (MAT 253)
  • EA and HTP interface for solid samples connected via ConFlo III to MAT 253
  • LC-Isolink IRMS (delta plus XP) for development of HPLC applications
  • 2 GC-MSD for testing of the samples before starting the isotope measurements
  • GC-FID for measurement of degradiation curves without isotope measurements
  • Gas-Analyzer for high enriched samples
  • furthermore for development of 37Cl method

Laboratory for Stable Isotopes Halle (LSI Halle)

  • 48 port equilibration unit with isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Delta S) for δ2H and δ18O of fresh water
  • elemental analyser for solid samples connected via ConFlo III to isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Delta S) for δ34S of sulphates, e lemental sulphur and sulphides
  • high-temperatur pyrolysis for solid and liquid samples connected via ConFlo III to isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Delta XLplus) for δ18O of nitrate, phosphate, sulphate, for δ2H of cellulose nitrate, and for δ2H and δ18O of (small sized) water
  • elemental analyser with ConFlo III for solid samples OR Gasbench II connected to isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Delta Vplus) for δ13C and δ15N of organics (e.g., sediments), for δ13C of carbonates, dissolved organic and inorganic carbon, for δ15N of ammonium, and for δ15N and δ18O of nitrate
  • 2x high-temperatur pyrolysis for solid samples connected via ConFlo III to isotope ratio mass spectrometer (2x Delta S) for δ13C and δ18O of organics (e.g., cellulose, wood)
  • Infrared absorption laser system for water samples (Picarro L1102-i) for δ2H and δ18O of fresh water

along with off-line facilities for preparing

  • sulphate and sulphide from water samples
  • inorganic sulphate, elemental sulphur, acid volatile sulphur, chromium reducible sulphur, and total sulphur from soils and sediments http://www.ufz.de/index.php?de=12245&www_gloss%5bgloss_id%5d=106#106
  • nitrate and nitrite from water samples
  • ammonium from water samples
  • cellulose and cellulose nitrate from wood/organic material
  • highly saline water for isotope analysis

Scientific areas:

  • Water
  • Soils, Forests and Agriculture
  • Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks
  • Environment and Health
  • Environmental Technologies

Options and conditions for visiting scientists:

Need to be discussed, depending on joint research interest or projects

Contact:

matthias.gehre@ufz.de (LSI Leipzig)

stephan.weise@ufz.de (LSI Halle)