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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Laboratory Equipment

Scanning Electron Microscope

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Scanning Electron Microscope

The Scanning Electron Microscope is available for imaging and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Gold coating is usually required for imaging non-conductive specimens, for example organic plant and insect remains.


Malvern Mastersizer 3000 laser

Malvern Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyser is used to determine the particle size distribution of samples. Typically for Geographical applications these samples are soils or sediments.

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Saturn II

Find out more about the Saturn DigiSizer II

"being able to use the Saturn II digitizer enabled me to correlate particle size with my record from the chironomid sample, allowing me to assess the effects of river flow strength on chironomids"

Rebecca Leeser (3rd year student)

Analytik Jena Carbon/Nitrogen Analyser

This instrument is in collaboration with Civil Engineering and Environment.

The Analytik Jena multi N/C 3100 analyser aqueous module measures nitrogen, total carbon, total organic carbon, and total inorganic carbon on pre-treated liquid samples of 30ml. The solids module comprises two units: the Total Carbon (TC) module and the Total Inorganic Carbon (TIC) module. These are used together with analyser which receives and analyses the output from the TC and TIC modules. The TC and TIC modules are used to determine carbon contents in solids samples, which can include sludges.

Niton X-Ray Fluorescence analyser

Niton X-Ray Fluorescence analyser, uses XRF spectrometry to determine the elemental composition of materials.

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