Northern Analytical Laboratory Services (NALS)

University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, British Columbia
What the facility does

The Northern Analytical Laboratory Services (NALS) provides research and analytical testing services for material and environmental samples to the UNBC and Northern BC communities and beyond

Area(s) of Expertise

The Northern Analytical Laboratory Services (NALS) is home to an extensive suite of analytical science instrumentation including but not limited to XRD, XRF, TGA, DSC, DMA, SEM, HPL-MS, CG-MS, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, CNHS analyzer, IC, Particle size analyzers, BET,IR-MS,  FTIR, NMR, that enables a broad spectrum of material, environmental, biological, chemical and physical analyses. These services are available to the UNBC researchers, private, public and non-profit sectors to help meet their testing, and research/development needs. 

Research Services

The Northern Analytical Laboratory Services (NALS) provides R&D testing services in different areas including but not limited to soil, minerals, sediments, catalysts, adsorbents, water and waste water, air pollution.

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries

Name of specialized facility 

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

Material Testing Lab


X-ray Diffraction mineral/material /soil analysis



X-Ray Fluoresce mineral/material/soil analysis



Thermogravimetric analysis



Differential scanning calorimetry



Differential mechanical analysis



Surface area and pore size analysis


Master sizer

Particle size analysis



Scanning electron microscope, morphology analysis


Combustion elemental analyzers (EA)

C, N, S, H elemental analysis



Fourier transform infrared spectrometer



Nuclear magnetic resonance  analysis

Environmental testing lab


Elemental analysis



Trace elemental analysis



Ion-exchange chromatography, Anion measurement



Gas chromatography



High performance liquid chromatography



Lase ablation ICP-MS



Total organic / total inorganic analyzer


Isotopic ratio mass spectrometer (IR-MS)


13C/12C, 15N/14N, and 18O/16O, 34S/32S



IDEXX Bacteriological testing

E. coli and total coliform in water


  • University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO)
  • Thomson River University (TRU)
  • University of Havana, Cuba
  • Canadian Zeolite Company (CZC)
  • CANFOR Pulp and Paper
  • UNBC Wood Innovation Research Lab (WIRL)