Dear Wolfram,

Thank you for your quick response and the suggestions. I'm all USGS-ref'd up and so anchored that nothing will be left unstretched... I've got all 3 woods and I'm planning to analyse them with GISP and NBS22 in Ag tubes (this is what I have at the moment) and see what I get.
I have already taken notes from the Soto paper ( as they use a Uniprep but I'm after more feedback from daily users of the Uniprep (if there are any).


Victor Evrard, PhD | Lab Manager

University of Basel | Department of Environmental Sciences - Botanik | PPE Group
Schönbeinstrasse 6 | 4056 Basel | Switzerland

+41 61 207 35 17 |

On 31 January 2018 at 15:49, Wolfram Meier-Augenstein (pals) <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Victor,



While I cannot provide you with a tried and tested Uniprep method, I can point you to a couple of papers you could use (a) as a comparison wrt 2H abundance in cellulose and typical exchange fraction, and (b) as a source of reference materials.


The Dynamic Duo at USGS Reston (aka Haiping Qi and Tyler Coplen) have prepared  powdered whole-wood standards, USGS54, USGS55, and USGS56.  All three have been characterised for 2H, 13C, 15N, and 18O.  Obviously, whole wood is not the same as pure cellulose but these three standards should serve well for the purpose of scale anchoring and quality control.


The corresponding paper by Qi, Coplen, and Jordan was published in Chemical Geology (2016), vol. 442, pp. 47-53.


The hydrogen exchange fractions of 5.4, 4.1, and 6.6% Qi, Coplen, and Jordan reported for their whole wood materials was in very good agreement with the exchange fraction of 4.6% (theoretical = 5%)  we determined for raw (unprocessed) cotton.


H.F. Kemp, E. R. Schenk, and J. R. Almirall (2014): “Discrimination of unprocessed cotton on the basis of geographic origin using multi-element stable isotope signatures”; Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 28, 545-552; DOI:







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Subject: [ISOGEOCHEM] Uniprep recipe for H2O equilibration


Dear Isogeochemers,


I'm trying to come up with a method to put our Uniprep autosampler to good use (if I manage to fix or ignore all those leaks...). I saw a few papers but I'm sure there is more out there. If you had a method that gives nice results (but above all, good reproducibility) that you wouldn't mind sharing, that would be great.

We are primarily interested in analysing 2H-cellulose by the way.





Victor Evrard, PhD | Lab Manager

University of Basel | Department of Environmental Sciences - Botanik | PPE Group
Schönbeinstrasse 6 | 4056 Basel | Switzerland

+41 61 207 35 17 |



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