Research Facilities


Fourier-Transform Mass Spectrometry (FT-MS) Facility

The Fourier-Transform Mass Spectrometry facility was established in 2007 with support from the National Science Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  It provides services for marine and terrestrial biogeochemists of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the greater scientific community whose sample analyses require the ultrahigh resolution and mass accuracy of FT-ICR mass spectrometry.

Isotope Geochemistry Facility

The Isotope Geochemistry Facility was created in 1998 to provide state of the art noble gas abundance and isotope ratio measurements to the research community for a variety of materials, including seawater and fresh waters, as well as rocks and minerals.

Nutrient Analytical Facility

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Nutrient Analytical Facility utilizes several state of the art methods and instruments for quantifying bio-element concentrations in environmental samples.

Organic Mass Spectrometry Facility

The Organic Mass Spectrometry Facility provides specialized, state-of-the-art analytical services using instruments which would be prohibitively expensive for any single investigator to develop, operate and maintain.  This facility primarily serves members of the WHOI Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, but is available to all investigators at the Institution and, as time and resources permit, to other researchers outside of the Woods Hole community.

WHOI Plasma Mass Spectrometry Facility

The WHOI Plasma Mass Spectrometry (or ICP) Facility, established in 1996, is a laboratory for trace element and isotope research operated under the auspices of WHOI's Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department.  We serve the marine chemists and geochemists of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the greater academic community.  The Facility houses three argon plasma source mass spectrometers equipped with a variety of sample introduction devices.

Café Thorium Radioanalytical Facility

This facility provides analytical support for the detection of natural and artificial radionuclides in environmental samples.  Special emphasis is placed upon those isotopes that are used as tracers of marine process, and are commonly measured by detection of gamma, beta and alpha counting techniques.