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Trace Metals Laboratory (HSPH)

Director: Shine, James, Ph.D.

Location: HSPH, Building 1, B9, B10, G33, 665, Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Core Summary:

The transport, fate, exposure, and toxic effects of heavy metals is a primary focus of research at the Center. The Metals Service provides metals analytical capabilities to biomedical and non-biomedical researchers and serves as a source for study design consultation and sample QA/QC requirements.

The Trace Metals Laboratory operates as a modified fee-for-service laboratory. Researchers have the option of having the samples run by the Service staff, or of receiving instruction (for themselves or a doctoral or post doctoral trainee) on how to operate the analytical equipment and analyze their own samples. Both options have associated fees and, as with other services, facility access funds can be requested internal or external services when individual grant support is not yet available.

  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Personnel/Contact Information:

Director: Shine, James, Ph.D.
Phone: (617) 384-8806

Member: Lupoli, Nicola
Role: Lab Manager
Phone: (617) 432-3348

Facilities and Equipment:

Location of Core: HSPH, Building 1, B9, B10, G33, 665, Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Major Equipment:

  • CETAC MCN 6000 de-solvating microconcentric nebulizer
  • Finnegan Element II high resolution ICP-MS
  • HPLC system
  • Milestone model 80 direct mercury analayzer
  • NITON XL3t600 X-Ray Fluorescence Detector
  • Perkin Elmer 2400 CHN Analyzer
  • Perkin Elmer 6100 ICP-MS with a dynamic reaction cell
  • Trace metals material analysis service

    "Analysis of:
    * Trace metals and isotope ratio
    o Ex:Pb,Cd,As,Mn,Cu,Cr,Ni,Zn
    o Use for mercury analysis of various sample matrices (hair, fish, soil, etc.) without prior sample preparation
    * Organic matter content of soil and sediment; metal sorption /bioavailability
    * Non-destructive analysis of metals in solid samples such as soils, dust, and air filters. A portable device can also be used in the field for direct analysis and/or screening of samples."

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Last updated: 2015-04-23T16:12:19.905-05:00