SREL has a wide-range of equipment essential to conducting integrated ecological research on the Savannah River Site. These resources allow the lab to do comprehensive analyses on-site and assist SRS stakeholders as well as regional, national, and international collaborative partners in their various missions.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)

This instrument is routinely used to measure trace metals such as copper, zinc, nickel, and cadmium at sub-part-per-million levels The ICP-MS is essential in supporting a wide range of missions for the U.S. Department of Energy, other site tenants, and external stakeholders.

ICPMS equipment

Total Mercury Analyzer

This instrument is used on solid and liquid samples to quantify total mercury concentration. The sample is combusted in an oxygen rich stream where mercury is evaporated and concentrated on a gold trap to eliminate other inferences. The trap is then heated to release mercury, which is then quantified by atomic absorption. This instrument supports U.S. Department of Energy, other site tenants, and external stakeholders.

Total Mercury Analyzer

Methyl Mercury Analyzer

This instrument prepares and evaluates sediment, tissue, and liquid samples for the presence of methyl mercury. This instrument supports U.S. Department of Energy, other site tenants, and external stakeholders.

Methyl Mercury Analyzer

Radionuclide Counting Equipment (4)

Auto-Gamma Counter: This sodium iodide detector analyzes gamma emitters such as cesium-137. It is ideal for the routine analysis of small sample masses.

Auto Gamma Conter

Gross Alpha/Beta Counter: This gas flow proportional counter detects low-level alpha and beta emissions from a range of sample types. It is routinely used to screen samples before in-depth radiochemical analysis.

Canberra-LB4200 Gross Alpha Beta Counter

High-Purity Germanium Counter (HP-Ge): This instrument employs gamma spectroscopy to identify and quantify gamma-emitting radionuclides in bulk samples before in-depth chemical analysis.

High Purity Germanium Counter (HP-Ge)

Liquid Scintillation Counter: This instrument is used for the routine analysis of beta emitters including Tritium (H-3), Carbon-14, Iodine-129, and Technetium-99.  

Beckman Coulter LS6500 Scintillation Counter