The ICAP mass spectrometer is used to analyze samples in solution for trace elements and isotope ratios. Students and faculty in the department use it to analyze rock and water samples. Users also include the biology, chemistry and environmental studies programs at Middlebury. Outside users include students and faculty from UVM, Norwich University, Dartmouth College and Hampshire College.
The machine was purchased in 2014 and installed in January 2015 (iCAPQ from Thermo Fisher).