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The ICPMS/TIMS Facility within Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences is a state-of-the-art facility for the analysis of isotopes and trace elements using mass spectrometry.

The array of equipment in the laboratory includes a Nu AttoM high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS), a Nu Plasma HR multi-collector ICP-MS, a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) and a specially designed Picotrace metal-free low particulate clean laboratory. The Facility is open to collaboration with members of the Stanford Community.

To learn about procedures for conducting research in the laboratory, please see User Information.


Dec 18 2019 | Washington Post

The Washington Post highlights Jenna Forsyth's work on Pb adulteration in turmeric.  Lead isotopic measurements were made in the Stanford ICPMS/TIMS facility and the findings were published in ES&T.

Publication details here.

Sep 25 2019 | Stanford News

Some spice processors in Bangladesh use an industrial lead chromate pigment to imbue turmeric with a bright yellow color prized for curries and other traditional dishes, elevating blood lead levels in Bangladeshis. 

Jun 5 2014 | Stanford News

Reduced evaporation played a role in allowing the Pleistocene lakes of the Western United States grow large.

Results of uranium and thorium isotopic analyses by graduate student Daniel Ibarra from the Stanford ICP-MS/TIMS facility are published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin.