UW Research

Environmental Health Laboratory and Trace Organics Analysis Center



To make sophisticated instrumentation and analytical expertise available to researchers, with a focus on analyses assessing environmental and/or personal exposures to toxic chemicals.


The Trace Organics Analysis Center (TOAC) is a fee-for-service cost center at the University of Washington. Its primary purpose is to make sophisticated instrumentation and analytical expertise available to researchers. We are focused on analyses assessing environmental or personal exposures to toxic chemicals. We have a broad range of equipment for organic, gravimetrics and inorganic analyses.

Instruments are available to investigators who are either knowledgeable in their operation or who have been trained by the TOAC staff. Time of use will be charged based on our current hourly instrument rate. In addition, TOAC staff can be hired for instrument operation or for training at our current hourly rate for personnel. Clients are generally responsible for providing their own columns and consumables (e.g., solvents and vials). We do have some chromatography columns (GC and HPLC) available for trial use assuming that the assay does not damage the columns.

Type: Equipment/Services

Equipment: FTIR Spectrometer, GC/FID, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, ICP/MS, Ion Chromatography System, LC/MS/MS, Pyrolyzer System, HPLC System, Microwave Digestion System, Microbalance

Keywords: General

Chemical analysis for environmental and occupational samples; access to instrumentation; method development;  materials characterization; chemistry; mass spectrometry; liquid chromatography; gas chromatography; spectroscopy