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Elenco Laboratori con RADRL e Preposti

Elenco Laboratori

AAS-Cromatografia Ionica Morra Monetti L1 4.LAB.56
Acqua deionizzata Monetti Monetti L1 4.LAB.54
Camera bianca D’Antonio Di Renzo L1 4.LAB.47/48
Caratterizzazione Lapidei Colella Di Benedetto L2 T.LAB.03
Chimica fine 1 Parente Mondillo L1 4.LAB.77
Chimica fine 2 Balassone Francese L1 4.LAB.59
Chimico 1 Aiello Monetti L3 3.LAB.31
Chimico 2 Di Donato Monetti L3 3.LAB.08
Forni e Muffole De Bonis Colella L2 T.LAB.04
FT-IR Cappelletti Francese L1 4.LAB.57
Geochimica Ambientale Albanese Albanese L3 3.LAB.10
Geofisica Applicata 1 Di Maio La Manna L3 3.LAB.07
Geofisica Applicata 2 Fedi Paoletti L2 T.LAB.18
Geologia Applicata e Geotecnica De Vita Di Clemente L2 T.LAB.13
ICP-OES Morra Monetti L1 4.LAB.55
Inclusioni Fluide Rossi Lima L3 3.LAB.05
Osservatorio Meteorologico Scafetta Viola San Marcellino
Microscopia Ottica 1 Fedele Guarino L1 4.LAB.60
Microscopia Ottica 2 Barra Monetti L1 4.LAB.58
Microscopia del Sedimentario (Ottica 3) Iannace Parente L3 1.LAB.15
Preparazione campioni Franciosi Francese L1 4.LAB.46
SEM Petrosino De Gennaro L2 T.LAB.06
Sezioni sottili Vitale Bravi L2 T.LAB.15
Spettrometria di massa D’Antonio Di Renzo L1 4.LAB.52
Taglio e macinazione rocce Franciosi Bravi L2 T.LAB.16
Trattamento chimico dei sedimenti Russo Ermolli Russo Ermolli L3 3.LAB.29
Vulcanologia sperimentale Petrosino Petrosino L3 3.LAB.21
XRD Cappelletti Monetti L2 T.LAB.05
XRF Cucciniello Fedele L2 T.LAB.07
Mass Spectrometry
Mass Spectrometry
Location: L1 - 4-52
Responsible: Prof. Massimo D’Antonio
Co-Responsible: Dr. Ciro Cucciniello
Phone: 38330


In the Mass Spectrometry laboratory, the isotopic composition of selected chemical elements is determined. In more detail, it is possible to analyze radiogenic (e.g., Sr, Nd, Pb), radioactive (e.g., U, Th) and stable (e.g., Li, B) isotopes in any sample that can be reduced to a solid compound. The main research activities related to these analyses include for example:

- petrogenesis of magmas (characterization of source regions of magmatism; reconstruction of magma genesis and evolution processes in variable geodynamic settings of Earth);

- volcanology and volcanic risk (residence time of magmas before eruptions; reconstruction of time evolution of the magmatic feeding system of volcanoes, even during the course of a single eruption; geochemical characterization of tephras).


  • Triton Plus mass spectrometer (Fig. 1), manufactured by Thermo Scientific (Brema, Germany), equipped with 8 adjustable and 1 fixed Faraday cups, as well as 1 secondary electrons multiplier (SEM) with RPQplus (Retarding Potential Quadrupole) filter for measuring low intensity signals. The Triton Plus can host up to 21 samples mounted on a rotating magazine; it is equipped with an electromagnetic lenses system (zoom optics) allowing complete overlapping of several mass peaks during static measurements; furthermore, it has a software application allowing the “virtual rotation” of the amplifiers on each Faraday cup during the measurements. The magnet has an asymmetric design with extended geometry allowing measurement of isotope ratios at mass unit steps for elements from lithium to uranium.
  • Filament sample loading unit (Fig. 2).
  • Filament degassing unit (Fig. 3).


Fig. 1 – The Triton Plus, the mass spectrometer installed at DiSTAR



Fig. 2 – The filament sample loading unit installed at DiSTAR



  • Fig 3 – The filament degassing unit installed at DiSTAR
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