H&O Water:

δ18O and δ2H analysis of water sample

SIBS uses a Thermo Scientific High Temperature Conversion/Elemental Analyzer (TCEA) coupled to a Thermo Scientific Delta V Advantage Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer.

One micro liter (1ul) of sample is injected into TC/EA using PAL autosampler. The injected sample goes through a glass carbon tube filled by glassy carbon chips heated at 1370 degree C, and converted to H2 and CO gas by pylorosis reaction. The H2 and CO gas are seperated by a 2m packed gas chromatgraph, go through an open split of Conflo IV, and are analyzed for the hydrogen and osygen isotope ratios, respectively in the Delta V Advantage Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer.  One sample is injected three times to minimuze an memory effect. We take an average of them. Calibration curves are derived using our in-house water standards: SIBS-wA (δ2H=-390.8 ‰, δ18O=-50.10 ‰) and SIBS-wP (δ2H=-34.1 ‰, δ18O=-4.60 ‰). Quality assurance is performed using in-house water standard, SIBS-wU (δ2H=-120.3 ‰, δ18O=-15.91 ‰). These in-house standards were calibrated using IAEA standards VSMOW2, SLAP, and GISP in 2009 and 2014. An analysis of each injection takes 10 min.

We have participated IAEA’s interlaboratory comparison project in 2011, and obtained A rank: Differences in δ18O and δ2H from IAEA Value are 0.19 ‰ and 0.50 ‰, respectively (The IAEA-TEL-2011-01 World-wide open proficiency test on the determination of Stable Isotope in Water)

Water samples containing organic matter contamination can be analyzed by TC/EA system.


  • Sample size required for analysis:  ~0.3 ml.
  • Storing water samples in large bottles (10-250ml bottles) is a good idea to minimize the influence from evaporation and isotope exchange with the head space. We subsample from the large bottles.
  • We do not accept water samples highly enriched in 2H or 18O (for example, δ2H> +100 permil) or water contaminated with solvent.
  • Water with particles such as sediments, soils, algae, and pollens should be filtered prior to the analysis.




Sample Submission Procedures

  1. Download the Sample Submission Form [O&H Water], and fill it (both Submitter's Info and Sample Info sheets). Send it to Dr. Ayumi Hyodo (ahyodo@tamu.edu).

  2. Liquid samples should be kept in plastic or glass containers without head space at the top of bottles (to prevent isotope exchange with head space air). Put screw caps on, and parafilm around the cap. Place the bottles upside down (to prevent evaporation).

  3. Make sure that sample containers are not touching each other in a shipping box. Otherwise they might break during shipment.

  4. Send the package to Ayumi Hyodo, 474 Olsen Blvd. Rm 125 Kleberg Center,  2126 TAMU Department of Ecosystem Science & Management Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843-2126. (We strongly recommend to use the fastest shipping method such as "overnight")



These containers are commonly used for shipping water samples.

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Water samples with oil layers on the surface are filtered when subsampling the water into vials for TCEA analysis.

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