BC-ILN labs have all of the information necessary to conduct a full laboratory, from collecting and preparing samples to analyzing them using advanced scientific instrumentation. These labs use real samples that you prepare. Once prepared, samples are sent to Thompson Rivers University where you will remotely access instrumentation to conduct the analysis of your samples.

Each lab contains the following, which will be provided when you contact us:


  •     Background materials on the principles and practices involved in the laboratory.

  •     Laboratory manual providing instructions for sample preparation.

  •     Instrumentation training materials necessary to access and use specific instruments.

Determination of Iron in a Multivitamin

In this experiment, students will analyse the iron content in a multivitamin using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS). Students will then compare their result with the manufacturer’s labeled value and suggest reasons for any discrepancies.


Analysis of Iron from a Myoglobin Extract of Ground Beef

In this multi-part biochemistry experiment, students will prepare an sample extract and analyse the iron content in ground beef using Atomic Absorption Spectro-scopy (AAS). They will construct a calibration curve and then compare the iron content to the myoglobin content.


Do the Paint Samples Match?

In this analytical chemistry experiment, students compare two paint samples using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). In setting the scene for this forensic investigation, a case scenario has been developed to determine if a van found at a crime scene is the same one stolen from your institution, based on the comparative analysis of the two paint chips.  

What is in those Cough Drops?

In this experiment, the volatile components present in a cough drop will be determined using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Students will run the sample remotely on the GC-MS. After data collection, students process the resulting data to identify volatile compounds present.