USGS26 , Ammonium Sulfate

Inorganic , Pure Substance

USGS26 is a dried salt of ammonium sulfate [(NH4)2 SO4]) which was prepared in 1992 by J. K. Böhlke, U.S. Geological Survey [1]. The material was prepared from Fisher ammonium sulfate (A938-500, lot # 915021) and Cambridge Isotopes ammonium sulfate (10% 15N; lot BI 1050) by dissolving and re-crystallizing a mixture of normal reagent salt and 15N enriched salt. The δ15N value of this reference material is the result of the statistical evaluation of interlaboratory comparisons [1,2].

Analyte Value Unit SD R/I/C
δ15N +53.7 air N2 0.4 C

(R/I/C) Classification assigned to the property value for analyte (Recommended/Information/Certified)


  1. BÖHLKE, J.K., GWINN, C.J., COPLEN, T.B., New reference materials for nitrogen isotope ratio measurements, Geostandards Newsletter 17 1 (1993) 159-164.

  2. BÖHLKE, J.K., COPLEN, T.B., "Interlaboratory comparison of reference materials for nitrogen-isotope-ratio measurements", Proceedings of a consultants' meeting held in Vienna, 1 - 3. Dec. 1993, IAEA-TECDOC-825, IAEA, Vienna, Austria (1995) 51-66.


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