Brine Research Instrumentation and Experimental (BRInE) Laboratory

Capabilities

 

Brine Lab ICP-OES Equipment

Photo: BRInE Laboratory ICP-OES Equipment.

(Credit: Jessica M. Chenault, USGS. Public domain.)

Analytical Capabilities

Current BRInE laboratory analytical capabilities include:

  • Specific gravity
  • Total dissolved solid measurements
  • Anions (Br-, Cl-, and SO42-) by ion chromatography
  • Major and trace elements (26 total) by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES).

The ICP-OES consists of a vertical torch for radial viewing of the analytical area, far UV addition, and nitrogen gas purge within optical chamber and detector, for improved sensitivity and halogen detection.

Brine Lab ICP-OES Torch Equipment

Photo: BRInE Laboratory ICP-OES Torch Equipment.

(Credit: Jessica M. Chenault, USGS. Public domain.)

The ICP-OES is also equipped with a sample introduction system designed for high salinity samples removing, or greatly reducing, the need for sample dilution prior to analysis.

Brine Lab IC Equipment

Photo: BRInE Laboratory IC Equipment.

(Credit: Jessica M. Chenault, USGS. Public domain.)

Current Research

Trace Element Determination in Produced Waters with ICP-OES

Contacts

Jessica C Chenault

Chemist
Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center
Phone: 703-648-6425

Aaron M Jubb

Research Chemist
Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center
Phone: 703-648-6481

Madalyn S Blondes

Research Geologist
Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center
Phone: 703-648-6509