Center for Environmental and Isotopic Analysis

The Center for Elemental and Isotopic Analysis was created by the vision of Dr. David Matty, professor emeritus in Central Michigan University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. In 2008, the university accepted a donation of a 2001 Thermo-Finnegan Element2 HR-ICP-MS from Dow Corning. Matty acquired internal funding and a $235,000 CMU 2010 Vision Grant shortly thereafter in order to develop CELISA's analytical center, and also drafted a successful NSF-MRI proposal with a team of CMU faculty that helped obtain a laser ablation system for the center. CELISA began operating in the fall of 2010.

The Center for Elemental and Isotopic Analysis provides new and expanded opportunities for research, the procurement of external funding for research and the training of students in modern methods of analytical chemistry.

Activities made possible by CELISA have the potential to provide a tangible, direct benefit to Michigan, including:

  • The enhanced ability to test the properties of advanced materials for technological progress.
  • Insight into the discovery of new mineral resources.
  • Projects that may improve environmental quality or help to better understand ecological conditions around the state and region.

CELISA provides CMU researchers with a better mechanism to characterize and understand trace element signatures in a wide variety of materials, and can do this by providing enhanced capabilities for inorganic chemical analysis - laser ablation and high-resolution mass spectrometry - previously not available at CMU.

Staff at CELISA envision conducting trace element projects related to anthropological studies and the forensic sciences. There may also be an opportunity involving the general public and various students in K-12 outreach programs.


  • High-Resolution ICP-MS
  • Laser Ablation
  • X-Ray Fluorescence

Available standardization materials

Solutions: Inductively-Coupled Plasma (ICP-MS)

We HAVE 68 certified single element standard solutions at 1000 ppm for the following elements:

  • Li, Be, B, Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, K, Ca, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Se, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ru, Pd, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Te, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Ir, Pt, Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, Th and U.
  • We DO NOT have solution standards for elements above atomic number 92 and H, C, N, O, F, Cl, Br, Tc, Rh, I, Os, Po, At, Ac, Pm, Tc and the noble gasses.

Solids: Laser Ablation Standards (LAS)

  • Glass
  • Mineral
    • Zircon
      • Peixe
      • Plesovice
      • Temora
  • Other

    Fee structure

    User TypeSolids LA-ICP-MSSolutions HR-ICP-MS
    Commercial$245 per hour$210 per hour
    Academic Research - Non CMU$200 per hour$165 per hour
    CMU Research$140 per hour$115 per hour
    CMU Self-Operated$75 per hour$55 per hour
    CMU Methods$65 per hourN/A

    * The Commercial and Academic Research - Non CMU fees include the current university approved indirect rate of 46.5%

    * All CMU grant proposals and external users to Central Michigan University will be charged the current university approved indirect rate in addition to the approved fee.