Organic compounds — Instrumentation and materials


Materials we analyse include:

  • Biological materials (e.g. faeces, urine, blood)
  • Bones and fossils
  • Oil
  • Potsherds
  • Refined chemical fractions
  • Resins
  • Soil/sediment
  • Animal/vegetation tissue
  • Water

We target:

  • Amino acids
  • Carbohydrates
  • Glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs), i.e. TEX86
  • BIT
  • High molecular weight compounds/Polymers
  • Lipids
  • Long-chain alkenones, i.e. UK37
  • Metabolomics
  • Phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)


Instruments we use include:

  • Thermo Scientific ISQ (single quadrupole) mass spectrometer with GC/MS capability
  • Agilent 7200B GC/Q–TOF (quadrupole time–of–flight hybrid) mass spectrometer with GC/MS capability
  • Thermo Scientific ISQ (single quadrupole) mass spectrometer with a CDS 6200 Pyroprobe providing Py–GC/MS capability
  • ThermoFisher Quantum Access (triple quadrupole) mass spectrometer with (ESI/APCI) HPLC/MS/MS capability
  • NERC Thermo Scientific MSQ (single quadrupole) mass spectrometer with (ESI/APCI) HPLC/MS capability
  • ThermoFisher Fusion ID–X (Orbitrap) mass spectrometer with (ESI/APCI) HPLC/MSn and IC/MSn capability
  • ThermoElectron DELTA XP GC–combustion–isotope ratio MS comprising combustion and combustion/reduction interfaces
  • ThermoFisher Delta V GC–combustion–isotope ratio MS comprising GC IsoLink and Conflo 4 interfaces
  • IsoPrime 100 GC–combustion–isotope ratio MS
  • IsoPrime VisION GC–combustion–isotope ratio MS
  • ThermoFisher Delta V LC–isotope ratio MS comprising LC IsoLink interface