Department of chemistry
The University of British Columbia
Faculty in University of British Columbia
The distributions of trace elements in seawater are investigated to better understand the complex biogeochemical cycles operating within the oceans. Measurements of picomolar metal levels in seawater, a complex matrix of 0.5M NaCl and other salts, sampled from ships constructed primarily from metals, is no easy task. This requires advanced separation techniques, the most sensitive elemental-detection methods available, and careful sample handling.