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

Solids: X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)

Rock, Soil and Sediment Powders.

  • MRG-1| Gabbro | CCRMP
  • DTS-2b | Dunite | Twin Sisters Mountain, Washington | USGS
  • DNC-1 | Dolerite | Braggtown Quarry near Durham, North Carolina | USGS
  • STM-1 | Syenite | Table Mountain, Oregon | USGS
  • BIR-1 | Basalt | Icelandic | USGS
  • BHVO-2 | Basalt | halemauma Crater, Hawaii | USGS
  • W-2 | Basalt | Bull Run Quarry near Centreville, Virginia | USGS
  • BCR-2 | Basalt | Bridal Vale Flow Quarry, Oregon | USGS
  • QLO-1 | Qtz Latite | Lake County, Oregon | USGS
  • AGV-1 | Andesite | Lake County, Oregon | USGS
  • SDC-1 | Mica Schist | Washington D.C. area | USGS
  • GSP-2 | Granodirorite | Silver Plume Quarry, Colorado | USGS
  • RGM-1 | Rhyolite | Glass Mountain, Colorado | USGS
  • COQ-1 | Carbonatite | Oka Complex, Canada | USGS
  • JA-2 | Andesite | JRM
  • JA-3 | Andesite | JRM
  • JR-2 | Rhyolite | JRM
  • NIST-688 | Basalt | near Jackpot, Nevada | NIST
  • NIST-278 | Obsidian | Newberry Crater, Oregon | NIST
  • STSD-1 | Stream Sed. | Canadian | CCRMP
  • STSD-2 | Stream Sed. | Canadian | CCRMP
  • STSD-3 | Stream Sed. | Canadian | CCRMP
  • STSD-4 | Stream Sed. | Canadian | CCRMP

Fee Structure

User Type: Commercial

  • Solids LA-ICP-MS: $275 per hour
  • Solutions HR-ICP-MS: $260 per hour
  • XRF: $70 per sample

User Type: Academic Research (non-CMU)

  • Solids LA-ICP-MS: $195 per hour
  • Solutions HR-ICP-MS: $180 per hour
  • XRF: $40 per hour

User Type: CMU Research

  • Solids LA-ICP-MS: $130
  • Solutions HR-ICP-MS: $115 per hour
  • XRF: $30 per hour

User Type: CMU Self-Operated

  • Solids LA-ICP-MS: $80
  • Solutions HR-ICP-MS: $65 per hour

User Type: Methods (CMU)

  • Solids LA-ICP-MS: $60

Daily minimum charge: $160 (Rates are subject to change without notice)

Please Note:

  • Standard fees cover instrument calibration, standardization, sample analysis, and raw data reduction, except where noted (self-operated).
  • Users are expected to prepare their own samples. Consult with the CELISA director, James Student, to make sure your sample prep is appropriate for the desired analysis.
  • Special procedures, services or data processing will cost extra. Quantity discounts may apply. Self-operators will be responsible for damages (parts and labor).
  • User Type Details

For additional information regarding applications, scheduling, fee details and protocols, please contact:

James Student, Ph.D.
CELISA Director