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Analytical Facilities

In general, School staff and postgraduates are encouraged to use the facilities, when appropriate, for their research, and costs are met as far as possible by direct provision from grants. However, bookings need to be made well in advance, and for visitors and postgraduates authorisation is required from the relevant research supervisor. To arrange a booking please contact Peter Fisher or the person directly responsible for the specific facility. Some technical assistance can be expected, but users with a substantial task should anticipate carrying out much of the routine work themselves. Scale charges for extra-Departmental users may be obtained on request. 

Element Analysis

  • Solution ICP
  • MSLaser ICP-MS
  • Atomic Fluorescence
  • Micro-analysis

Stable Isotope and Paleoceanography

  • Gas Source MS
  • CHNS Analyse
  • Sedigraph
  • Coulter Counter


  • Reflected/Transmitted Light Microscopy
  • Vitrinite Reflectance
  • Fluid Inclusion Studies
  • Photography and Image Analysis
  • Cathodeluminescense

Scanning Electron Microscopy/X-ray Diffraction

  • Analytical SEM
  • Environmental SEM
  • X-ray Diffractometry

Geochemical Preparation

  • Clean Laboratory
  • Multi-Purpose Lab
  • Ion Chromatograph
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • HPLC

Rock Preparation

  • Rock Sawing
  • Crushing and Grinding
  • Fusions and Fire Assay
  • Thin Sections and Impregnations
  • Polished Sections 

Equipment Safety

Most of the equipment concerned is capable of generating dangerous radiation, and potentially hazardous chemicals are used. Suitable training is therefore essential before new users can use facilities directly. For any chemical procedures all users must adhere strictly to the appropriate written Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) rules. Supervisors and Laboratory Superintendents will explain these requirements. Registration will be required before use of equipment which generates ionizing radiation.

Overall safety in the department is managed by the Departmental Safety Officer, and radiation safety by the Radiation Protection Supervisor. Please direct requests for training and safety advice to these persons.

Departmental Safety Officer

Dr Geoff Steed
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74322

Radiation Protection Supervisor

Peter Fisher