Neodymium (Nd) and/or hafnium (Hf) are separated from the matrix elements by means of extraction chromatography using Eichrom cation exchange resin following the methods of Pourmand and Dauphas (2010) and Pourmand et al. (2014).
Sample types available for Nd & Hf analysis: bulk carbonates, ceramic, igneous/metamorphic rocks, marine sediments, lacustrine sediments, peat, coal, mineral dust and soil.
More information on Sample Types and Selection for Nd & Hf analysis.
Nd & Hf Isotopes Measurement
Device: Neptune Plus multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS) with an Apex-Q desolvation nebulizer following Pourmand et al. (2014).
Neodymium isotope ratio data are reported as 143Nd/144Nd ratios and also expressed in the epsilon notation (εNd). The analytical accuracy and precision were assessed by multiple measurements of certified reference material (JNdi-1) during the analysis. Uncertainties for each sample measurement is presented as the 95% confidence interval (CI).
Hafnium isotope ratio data are reported as 176Hf/177Hf ratios and also expressed in the epsilon notation (εHf). The analytical accuracy and precision were assessed by multiple measurements of certified reference material (JMC-475) during the analysis. Uncertainties for each sample measurement is presented as the 95% confidence interval (CI).
All results are also presented graphically on a series of plots which illustrates the range of measured isotopic ratios of tested samples.
Pourmand, A. and Dauphas, N., (2010). Distribution coefficients of 60 elements on TODGA resin: application to Ca, Lu, Hf, U and Th isotope geochemistry. Talanta, 81(3), pp.741-753. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2010.01.008
Pourmand, A., Prospero, J.M. and Sharifi, A., (2014). Geochemical fingerprinting of trans-Atlantic African dust based on radiogenic Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes and rare earth element anomalies. Geology, 42(8), pp.675-678. DOI: 10.1130/G35624.1