Center for Applied Isotope Studies
University of Georgia
Radiocarbon dating by AMS, Stable Isotopes (C, N, O, H, S), Natural Products and Biobased products testing, elemental analyses by ICP-MS, ICP-OES, LA-ICP-MS, and XRF.
The CAIS is housed in a 21,000-square-foot building on the Riverbend campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Facilities include administrative and research staff offices, a conference room, instrument and electronics workshops, general laboratories, and specialized laboratories including the largest stable isotope laboratory in the U.S.
CAIS operates two NEC compact carbon isotope accelerator mass spectrometers (AMS) for measurement of 14C, 13C, and 12C atoms in samples. This unique AMS facility on the UGA campus is one of only nine currently in operation in the US.
The CAIS also has approximately 20 isotope ratio mass spectrometers for use in the determination of stable isotopic abundances (C, N, O, H, S) and a variety of mass spectrometers for characterization of inorganic and organic compounds (e.g., ICP-MS, ICP-OES, LA-ICP-MS, GC/MS, LC/MS/MS).
The center houses a X-ray fluorescence (XRF) lab that currently has five instruments capable of analyzing the elemental content of solids and liquids. All CAIS instrumentation operates in a service capacity to support the research and training of UGA students and researchers, as well as having a roster of national and international research and industry clients.
CAIS also oversees UGA’s Scientific Glass Blowing Shop.