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Centre for Trace Element Analysis

The Centre for Trace Element Analysis, hosted by the Department of Chemistry, specialises in the analysis of the metallic elements and their isotopes for wide-ranging applications in the earth, environmental, climate, planetary, archaeological and biomedical sciences.

Projects as diverse as past and present climate change, to the migration practices of prehistoric humans, to cell-transfer and metabolism in the human body can be investigated using these elemental and isotopic systems.

The Centre’s instrumentation consists of a multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS) equipped with high-resolution capabilities for high-precision isotopic analysis, a quadrupole ICP-MS primarily for elemental composition analysis, and two supporting laser ablation systems for use on either machine.

A ‘Class 10’ (ISO 4) ultra-clean laboratory supports sample preparation activities at the Centre.

Contact us

For general enquiries and queries please contact:

Associate Professor Claudine Stirling


Dr Malcom Reid

Postal Address:

Department of Chemistry
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Street address for deliveries:

Department of Chemistry Store
Union Place West
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 479 7894
Fax: +64 3 479 7906