Elemental Analysis

UP - University of Potsdam
last updated: July 19, 2023

About the Laboratory

Elemental Analysis

UP - University of Potsdam
@ Mineralogy
This Laboratory is part of:


  • Tbd
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By using this elemental analyzer (Euro EA 3000) it is possible to determine the concentration of nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen in solid samples. The substance to be analysed is digested by an oxidative combustion of samples packaged in tin foil. The combustion takes place explosively in a highly oxygen enriched He atmosphere. Gases that generated during the combustion are led by the carrier gas (helium) into the separation column. CO₂, H₂O, N₂ and SO₂ are separated chromatographically within this column. The separation is based on the molecular sizes of the element compounds. For the determination a thermal conductivity diode (TCD) is used. The focus of this lab is the determination of total carbon and nitrogen (TC/TN), hydrogen (H), total organic carbon (TOC) (calculated) and inorganic carbon.


Analytical Methods

  • Total Organic Carbon

Laboratory Keywords

  • Inorganic Carbon (IC)
  • Total Carbon (TC)
  • Total Nitrogen (TN)