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Acquisition of a High Resolution ICP Mass Spectrometer

9526980 Walter This award provides partial funding (37% of total cost) for the acquisition of an inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) system to be installed and operated in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan is committed to provide funding for the remaining cost of acquiring and installing the equipment. The ICP-MS system will fill a need at the University of Michigan for elemental analysis in fluid and mineral phases at trace levels. Many of the research and teaching programs in the geological sciences at Michigan require complete analyses of very small samples or of elements present in very low concentrations of parts per billion or less. Samples include natural waters, solids such as minerals, biological tissues, sediments and soils. The spectrum of research projects needing such analytical capabilities is large and varied, including research in environmental geochemistry of regional groundwater systems, trace element contents of carbonates, paleoceanography, and mid-ocean ridge geochemistry. The analytical facility will be open to all researcher at the University, and will be used extensively by workers in the departments of chemistry and biology, the College of Pharmacy, School of Natural Resources, School of Public Health, and the Center for Great Lakes Research, among others. ***

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