Carbon and nitrogen isotope analytics
A ThermoFisher Delta-V Mass Spectrometer has been purchased in 2015 beschafft for Carbon and nitrogen isotope analytics of sediment and organic matter samples. This method is mainly employed for ecological research questions in the terrestrial Arctic realm (Siberia, Canada, Alaska).
A ThermoFisher Delta-V Mass Spectrometer comprises a ConFlo IV gas mixing system an a Flash EA 2000 Autosampler and Elemental Analyzer fort he measurement of stable C and N isotope composition. For this method, sediment and organic matter samples are weighed in Zn capsules (according to their respective C or N content) and combusted quantitatively at high temperatures around 1000°C under excess O2 supply. By means of a continuous Helium carrier gas flow, the gaseous samples are directed to the ThermoFisher Delta-V Mass Spectrometer and measured for Carbon and nitrogen isotope composition (d13C- und d15N).