IsoLab is a consolidated unit of an analytical laboratory, a sample preparation laboratory, an ice core processing freezer, a kerogen extraction laboratory, a repair room, office space, and two outdoor redundantly cooled storage freezers.

Analysis Laboratory

The analytical laboratory is 890 sq ft and currently has five isotope ratio mass spectrometers and three cavity-ring-down spectroscopy lasers devoted to the isotopic analyses of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. Each instrument is computer controlled with Windows based software. Two additional computers are available for data reduction using matlab or python. All laboratory data are automatically backed up to two distinct locations on a daily basis. The analysis lab also has a chemical fume hood and compressed gas cylinder racks.

Sample Preparation Laboratory

The sample preparation laboratory is 780 sq ft and has a carbonate digestion / CO2 purification vacuum line, a mulipurpose glass vacuum line, a water fluorination vacuum line, an in-tube combustion vacuum line, a CO2 / O2 equilibration line, two microbalances, three coarse balances, two drying ovens, one muffle furnace, a freeze dryer, several refrigerators, two fume hoods, a reciprocal shaker, a laminar flow hood, an 18 M-Ω water generator and flexible lab bench space.

Ice-Core Processing Freezer

The in-lab ice core processing / short-term sample storage freezer is 140 sq ft and is held at -18°C. Samples stored in this freezer are in the process of being analyzed. This cold room has bench space and an Inca band saw for modest ice core processing for water isotope analysis.

Kerogen Extraction Laboratory

The kerogen extraction laboratory is 160 sq ft and has a corrosive resistant fume hood, a Sorvall Evolution superspeed centrifuge, sink with tap water and DI water, and an eye-wash station.

Repair and Storage Laboratory

The repair / storage space is 220 sq ft and has a constant volume fume hood, storage cabinets, tools, and a workbench.


The office is 150 sq ft and has a conference table and coffee / food consumption space.