The W.M. Keck Collaboratory for Plasma Spectrometry (“Keck Lab”), hosted in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, is a world-class analytical facility specializing in development, application and training in state of the art plasma-based elemental and isotopic analysis techniques for the Earth, Ocean and other sciences. We offer access to a broad range of geochemical analysis techniques together with hands on experience to undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of colleges and departments across the Oregon State University campus. We also host an equally diverse group of visiting researchers from other institutions on an annual basis.
The Keck lab started in 2000, when Oregon State University received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles, Calif., to establish a state-of-the-art geochemical analysis facility. Since then we have continued to grow our analytical capabilities through instrument acquisitions funded by both the National Science Foundation and Oregon State University and upgrades to our laboratories. Today the facility includes a clean room, the first Nu Plasma 3D MC-ICP-MS, a Nu Plasma MC-ICP-MS, two Thermo X-Series ICP-MS instruments, Spectros Arcos ICP-OES, and a Photon Machines Analyte G2 excimer laser.