Hi Sarah,

Išd advise against this. Wešve analyzed a lot of rocks that are much less
than 0.1% C‹with considerably less material. I suggest measuring the C
isotopes first on a much smaller sample. Start with 20 mg and run with zero

Typically, we would like to have 10 micrograms of N, but wešve found 5
microgram of N gives good reproducible results. I would suggest, after
measuring C on a much smaller amount, analyze 25 then 50 mg samples first.
Calculate how much youšll need for 5 or 10 micrograms. Wešve analyzed 100 mg
samples with a blank in between. Use a fresh insert. You might be able to
run 10 or so at this level.

Run blanks of your tin boats, of course.

Marilyn Fogel

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From:  Stable Isotope Geochemistry <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of
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Date:  Monday, September 9, 2019 at 11:28 AM
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Subject:  [ISOGEOCHEM] 300mg sediment EA-IRMS

Anybody ever run a 300mg sed sample w/ very low (<0.5%) carbon and nitrogen
by EA-IRMS ?
I am wondering if a Costech 4010 ECS semi-micro loop for oxygen will be
adequate for 

Thanks -  Sarah
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