Fees for Radiocarbon Analyses

Fees (in $US) for sample preparation and analyses vary by sample type and follow a tiered structure, with lower fees available to academic research groups affiliated with the University of California (UC) than other academic/non-profit institutions (not-UC, not-for-profit) or other clients (not-UC, commercial). 

Sample type/procedure University of California (UC) Not-UC, not-for-profit Not-UC, commercial
Physical and chemical cleaning* $50 $75 $85
Combustion $30 $45 $55
Cleaning* and hydrolysis $40 $60 $70
CO2 extraction from air $60 $90 $100
All sample types
Conversion to graphite** $40 $60 $90
14C measurement $80 $120 $180
δ13C measurement $10 $30 $40
AMS/IRMS measurement standard and blanks***

*Clients must isolate macrofossils from the sample matrix prior to submission. Specialized services such as charcoal, pollen or foram picking or individual compound separation are not available (but see Sample Types). 

**All samples must be converted to graphite prior to analysis. Clients may arrange for the submission of graphite targets made at their laboratory (see Sample Types).

***Fees might be requested for standards and blanks used in method development studies that exceed the typical amount of reference materials needed for analyses. Please contact KCCAMS staff to discuss specific needs.

****Swipes are free for 1st-time clients if swipes are submitted prior to sample submission. Fees might be requested ($100/swipe sample) from existing users who require repeated analyses. Please contact KCCAMS staff to discuss specific needs.

Billing and Payment Procedures

Analyses are invoiced after the results are reported. KCCAMS staff will contact the client to arrange payment. UC clients may pay with direct recharge. Non-UC clients may arrange payment by check, wire transfer, or credit card.


W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Facility 
Department of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3100, USA

Paleoclimate &
Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

J. Southon (jsouthon@uci.edu)
H. Martinez De La Torre (hamartin@uci.edu)
G. Santos (gdossant@uci.edu)
B321 Croul Hall
Phone: +1 949 824-3674

Marine Biogeochemistry
E. Druffel (edruffel@uci.edu)
S. Griffin (sgriffin@uci.edu)
2212 Croul Hall
Phone: +1 949 824-3286

Terrestrial Biogeochemistry,
Aerosol & MICADAS

X. Xu (xxu@uci.edu)
C. Czimczik (czimczik@uci.edu)
G. Santos (gdossant@uci.edu)
2222 & 2313 Croul Hall
Phone: +1 949 824-3444