We are a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students conducting research in environmental chemistry, geology and biology using inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometry (ICPqMS) with a laser ablation system.
Our instrumentation is funded by a grant from the Major Research Instrumentation Program of the National Science Foundation. We have additional support from Maryland Sea Grant.
- Chester River Trace Metal Study
- Toxic Trace Metals and DNA repair (with Prof. Mindy Reynolds)
- Water and Sediment Survey of Radcliffe Creek
- Trace elements in lunar grains and lunar analogues
- Trace element sourcing of pre-colonial artifacts (with Prof. John Seidel)
- More environmentally benign synthesis of electroceramic materials (with Prof. Anne Marteel-Parrish)
News from the Attic
- Dana Devore (Environmental Studies ’14) is working with Dr. Krahforst to evaluate the role that switchgrass may play in BMPs for nutrient load management.
- Kodi Webb (Chemistry ’14) is using the ICPMS to study the bioavailability of Sn, Cu and Zn from antifouling paints in sediments in the vicinity of recreational marinas. Stay tuned for reports on her interesting work.
- View recently acquired data from the Watershed-scale trace metal survey: Contaminants in the Sediment of the Chester River
- Katherine Wares (Environmental Science ’14) is looking at the effects of agricultural and roadside runoff on marbled salamander development. She used the ICPMS to quantify metal loads in both sediment and water samples from 6 vernal pools located on Chino Farms.
- Sarah Winters (Physics ’14) traveled with Dr. Kehm to the Fall American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco to present the results of summer research on digestion techniques. Read the full story here.
- Matt Wilfong (Environmental Studies ’15) began working in the Attic Laboratory as an assistant.
- Sarah Winters (Physics ’14) presented her summer research and experiences at Fall Family Weekend. Watch the full story here.
- Drew Hobbs (Environmental Studies ’15) is wrapping up his summer research work studying the water and sediments of Radcliffe Creek. Read the full story here.
- The instrument move was successful, the lab is now operational and we officially have plasma!
- We moved into our new Attic Lab in the Dunning Science Building at Washington College. Check out the summer 2013 research photo gallery for the latest views of the new lab.
ICPMS: Mass Spectrometer in the Attic Laboratory at Washington College in summer of 2013.
Memorizing auto sampler in action.
Clip of Peristaltic pump and Argon plasma.