Hi Greg,

Running solids for 2H abundance analysis is or should be as straight forward as is running samples for 18O.

Paired reference materials needed and available for scale normalisation of measured d2H values to the VSMOW/SLAP scale include solid compounds that were characterised by Arndt Schimmelmann’s international project, and reference waters in cold-welded silver tubes developed by Haiping Qi and Ty Coplen. All this materials are available from the Reston lab of the USGS.

Where it gets “tricky” is the issue of analysing halocarbons or N-rich organics for 2H abundance because side-reactions during thermolysis mean H2 yield is not quantitative which in turn yields artefact d2H values due to associated mass discriminatory effects.

For “recalcitrant “ compounds of that nature the TC/EA reactor has to be packed with either a mixture of glassy carbon chips and Cr granules or Cr granules only. There are number of papers by Matthias Gehre and colleagues describing this set-up in detail.

Information can also be found in this phantastic book (coughs):

Hope this helps.



Prof. Dr W Meier-Augenstein, CChem, FRSC
Stable Isotope Forensics & Analytical Sciences

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Subject: [ISOGEOCHEM] Ice core water and HD of solids

Would anyone be willing to send us either Antarctic or Arctic ice core water they don't need, say 2 liters? We'll pay for shipping obviously. I recall some labs sometimes give this stuff away.

While I'm on the subject, we're trying to set up a method to run HD of solids on our TCEA. I've run solids for d18O via TCEA, but not HD, and I recall something about HD solids analysis not being so straightforward, if that's accurate. So I'm looking for what works out there.




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