Vivian Lai

Research Assistant

EOS-Main 332
(604) 827-3043


  • I am a team member of PCIGR. My duties include:
  • Keeping the daily operation and maintenance of ELEMENT2 (high resolution ICP-MS, Thermo Finnigan), Agilent 7700x (Quadrupole ICP-MS) and AttoM (high resolution ICP-MS, Nu Instruments)
  • Preparing rock samples for trace element analysis and isotopic analysis (e.g Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf);
  • Performing trace element analysis (e.g. HFSE, REEs) on rock samples by using Element 2, Agilent 7700x and AttoM (high resolution ICP-MS, Nu Instruments);
  • QA/QC for trace element analysis; analyzing lab blanks from cleanlabs;
  • Training students, technicians, postdocs, and other researchers within EOS, other departments in UBC and other Universities to perform analysis by using ICP-MS.


  • BSc.(Hons.) - Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia 
  • MSc. - Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia (Research topic: Arsenic Speciation in Freshwater and Marine Algae)

Past experience

  • Research Assistant, Environmental Chemistry Group, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia (under W. R. Cullen) : Arsenic speciation in the environment
  • Research Assistant, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia (joint project between W. W. Mohn and W. R. Cullen) : PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) analyses in PCBs-degrading microbial cultures



Teaching experience

  • Teaching assistant for UBC Chem 311 lab-3rd year analytical chemistry course (instrumental analysis)
  • Provide technical support and guidance to to UBC Chem 449 students (Chemistry BSc Hons. thesis course) in the topics of Environmental Chemistry and various undergraduate students' summer projects (1st year to 3rd year level)





Schudel G, Lai V, Gordon K, Weis D. 2015. Trace element characterization of USGS reference materials by HR-ICP-MS and Q-ICP-MS. Chemical Geology.