Organic and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab

A student in full lab gear (gloves, lab coat and goggles) distributes a liquid specimen into one of several small tubes in the OSIBL.

Student working in the OSIBL

About the OSIBL

The Organic and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory (OSIBL) is a service center specializing in the analysis of organic compound abundance, compound-specific H and C isotopes, organic matter %C, %N, and C and N isotopes, and H and O isotopes in water.

We are equipped to extract, process and analyze organic compounds from a variety of sample matrices including soil, lacustrine, marine, or loess sediments, rocks, and plant tissues. We are also equipped to analyze water H and O isotopes from a variety of sample matrices including soil, sediments, and tissues.

Our research focus is on reconstructing Quaternary paleoclimate in the Arctic and modern biogeochemical cycling, but we can work with any research applications that can utilize our instrumentation.

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Contact Information, Hours and Location

Contact:
Owen Cowling
Laboratory Manager
455 Cooke Hall
(614) 284-4467

Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:
414 & 414A Cooke Hall
University at Buffalo, North Campus
Buffalo, NY

Location

Facility Availability

This lab is available to:

  • UB students
  • UB Faculty and Staff
  • Researchers at other academic institutions
  • Other external users

Technical Capabilities

  • Cavity Ring-down Laser Spectrometry (CRDS)
  • Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (GC-C/Py-IRMS)
  • Elemental Analysis – Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (EA-IRMS)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC-FID)
  • Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE)

Lab Equipment

Please note: lab and equipment usage will be supervised by Owen Cowling.

Sample Preparation Equipment

Dionex 200 Accelerated Solvent Extractor.

Dionex 200 Accelerated Solvent Extractor 

Accelerated Solvent Extractor – Dionex ASE 200

Chromatography Equipment

Thermo Scientific GC 1310.

Thermo Scientific GC 1310

Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detectors (GC-FID) – Thermo Scientific Trace1310

Spectrometry and Spectroscopy Equipment

L2130-i Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer - Picarro.

L2130-i Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer - Picarro

L2130-i Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer - Picarro

Trace1310 gas chromatograph, Isolink II, ConFlo IV, and a Delta V Plus IRMS.

Trace1310 gas chromatograph, Isolink II, ConFlo IV, and a Delta V Plus IRMS

Gas Chromatography – Combustion/Pyrolysis – Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (GC-C/Py-IRMS) system – Thermo Scientific Trace 1310 GC, Isolink II, ConFloIV, Delta V Plus IRMS

Flash2000 elemental analyzer, ConFlo IV, and a Delta V Plus IRMS.

Flash2000 elemental analyzer, ConFlo IV, and a Delta V Plus IRMS

Elemental Analyzer – Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (EA-IRMS) system – Thermo Scientific Flash 2000 EA, Delta V Plus IRMS