An autosampler automates the process of introducing liquid samples into a gas chromatograph. In this picture a vial containing liquid samples for analysis has been picked up and will be moved across then loaded in to the chromatograph. When the sample bottle lid has been pierced by the chromatograph needle, the vial is returned to the carousel and the next one selected. Photo: versevend / iStock.

Research platform 3

Ice-Cores by IC-MS

This project, enabled by the state-of-the-art analytical systems brought to the project by Thermo Fisher Scientific, applies the most advanced ion chromatographic (IC) technology available, hyphenated with the most advanced mass spectrometric detection, both triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (QQQ-MS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) to explore the ultra-trace ionic content of ice-core samples for the discovery of new and previously un-mapped markers for climate and industrialisation.

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Prof. Brett Paull

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