Geochemistry & Geology

Geochemists apply isotopes to understand the chemical and physical evolution of the Earth, planets and other bodies of the Solar System. The natural variations in the relative abundances of isotopes of various elements can be used as tools to explain the mechanisms behind geological systems on Earth and in the cosmos. These provide insights into a variety of processes, like the formation and evolution of the Solar System including the birth and childhood of the Earth, the evolution of the Earth surface, the evolution of the ocean chemistry and Earth climate, weathering processes on Earth, and many more.

The Isotope Ratio product portfolio from Thermo Scientific offers the complete range of instruments required to obtain high precise isotope ratio analysis in a wide variety of geological samples.
For Stable isotope ratio analysis, we offer the Thermo Scientific™ Delta V™ and 253 Plus™ IRMS systems with unique peripheral system, such as like the EA IsoLink, ConFlo IV, GasBench II, GC Isolink II and LC IsoLink.
For elemental analysis, we offer the Thermo Scientific™ Element 2™ and Element XR™. Isotope analysis of radiogenic and stable metal isotopes (“non-traditional stable isotopes”) is best performed by the Thermo Scientific Neptune Plus™ MC-ICPMS and Triton Plus™ TIMS.
For noble gas isotope analysis we offer the Thermo Scientific™ Helix SFT™ for simultaneous 3He-4He isotope measurements, the Thermo Scientific™ Argus VI™ optimized for Ar-Ar dating and the Thermo Scientific™ Helix MC Plus™ for high resolution noble gas isotope ratio analysis.

Key Applicatons

  • Trace Elemental Analysis of Geological Materials
  • Carbon Isotope Ratio Analysis in Dissolved Organic Matter in Waters
  • Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Ratio Analysis of Carbonates
  • Radiogenic Isotope Ratio Analysis of Geological Materials
  • Analysis of stable metal isotopes
  • Carbon Isotope Ratios of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon