Price List

Prices are in Canadian funds. Cost per sample, unless otherwise stated, as of March 9, 2016.

EA: elemental analyzer
EA-IRMS: elemental analyzer – isotope ratio mass spectrometer
GC-(C)-IRMS: gas chromatograph – (combustion) – isotope ratio mass spectrometer
Trace GC: trace gas chromatograph
FID: flame ionization detector
ECD: electron capture detector



UBC Forest & Conservation Sciences

Other academic (at UBC and off campus)



Turn-around time****

Elemental Analysis
%N, C (solid) EA* $5.5 $8 $15 $30 ~1 month
Stable Isotope Analysis**
15N or 13C (solid, each) EA-IRMS* $8.5 $13 $30 $60 ~1 month
Bulk 15N and 13C (solid, together) EA-IRMS* $10.5 $15 $35 $70 ~1 month
13CO2 (gas) GC-IRMS fast run: $10.5
slow run: $25/hr
fast run: $15
slow run: $30/hr
fast run: $35
slow run: $55/hr
fast run:$50
slow run: $70
by appointment
13C (liquid) GC-C-IRMS $30 $40 $55 $70 by appointment
GC technician time GC-(C)-IRMS $3 $3 $6 $6
Trace Gas Analysis***
CO2 (or CH4) only Trace GC FID $3 $5 $10 $20 by appointment
N2O only Trace GC ECD $3 $5 $10 $20 by appointment
CO2, CH4 and N2O Trace GC FID and ECD $5 $7 $15 $30 by appointment
Technician time (sample injection) $3 $3 $6  $6
Sample prep (solid) Mortar and pestle $2 $2 $3 $3
  Mortar and pestle with liquid N2 $3 $3 $4 $4
Wiley mill $2 $2 $3 $3
Ball mill $2 $2 $3 $3
Weighing/packing into tin $1 $1

* Difficult samples: add $2/sample for samples with salt content or acid residue, etc., that decrease the lifespan of consumables.
** Enriched isotope surcharge: add $2/sample for EA-IRMS, $7.50/sample for GC-C-IRMS; covers cost of extra consumables and effort needed to flush the system clean to return to natural abundance analysis; cost added only when memory effect is noticeable.
*** Departmental users are expected to perform their own analyses after training on instrument operation. Visiting scientists can also request to be trained for analysis.
**** Turn-around times depend on how busy the facility is. The EA is the default peripheral on the IRMS so turn-around times are faster. GC-(C)-IRMS users: please provide at least 1 month advance notice so your analysis and/or method delvelopment can be coordinated.

Rates are doubled for rush analysis requests. For full preparation of EA and EA-IRMS samples from raw materials, please contact the SIF Manager. Blanks, lab standards and standard reference materials provided by the SIF are analyzed free of charge.

OTHER FEES (charged on a case-by-case basis):
Method development fee: $60/hour
Additional tech time fee: $60/hour (applies for cases beyond the usual sample preparation or sample introduction fees)
Missed appointment fee: $150 for instrument start-up and optimization if the instrument is ready but no one else needs it.Otherwise, your session will be passed to the next user and your analysis will be rescheduled.

All prices are subject to change without notice.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Forestry
2424 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604-822-2727
Stable Isotope Facility
Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
3041-2424 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada

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