BRAMS is a new state-of-the-art radiocarbon dating facility at the University of Bristol, created to enhance the UK capability for 14C analysis in the biogeochemical, palaeoenvironmental and archaeological sciences amongst other fields. We are home to a MICADAS accelerator mass spectrometer; one of the latest generation of ultra-compact, high-precision AMS instruments featuring a gas capable ion source for the rapid analysis of small samples. The BRAMS facility is equipped with a suite of automated sample preparation and graphitization equipment for reliable, high-throughput target preparation from a wide range of sample types. Although BRAMS routinely provides a wide range of traditional radiocarbon analytical and sample preparation services, one of our key strengths is our strong emphasis on analytical chemistry. We are continuously developing new techniques for compound-specific radiocarbon analyses and novel sample preparation and quality assurance techniques. BRAMS is unique in the UK in offering compound-specific radiocarbon analyses of lipids and other compounds isolated by preparative capillary gas chromatography.
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