Passeport’s Group

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Study on the fate and removal of water pollutants

Area(s) of Expertise

We study the fate and removal of contaminants from the environment using radio and stable isotope techniques. The CFI/ORF-funded facility enables us to conduct Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) on a variety of groundwater and surface water pollutants. This helps us better understand their environmental removal mechanisms and how we can optimize remediation strategies.

Research Services

Analytical services for Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) using Gas Chromatography/Combustion/Pyrolysis/ Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (GC/C/IRMS) with on-line Purge-and-Trap and Solid Phase Micro Extraction preconcentration units, to determine isotope values (at natural abundances) in various organic molecules 

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Defence and security industries
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

GC/IRMS: gas chromatograph with isotope ratio mass spectrometer

For compound-specific stable isotope analysis at natural abundance

HPLC/DAD/RFD: high performance liquid chromatography, diode array detector, radioactivity flow detector

For radioactivity measurements in parent and daughter products from radiolabelled experiments