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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Rock Preparation and Thin-Sectioning Laboratories

This facility prepares rock and other hard materials in-house for the School of Ocean and Earth Science, other university departments as well as outside organisations. We produce both large and standard thin sections, polished thin sections, and grain mounts. Other services include; cutting, coring, grinding, lapping and impregnation of unstable material. We will work with a range of materials such as; rock, metal, plastic, ceramic, bone and others. If you are unsure please feel free to give us a call. Prices and requisition form are available at the bottom of the page

 

For external work contact:

Daniel Doran
E: D.E.Doran@soton.ac.uk

T: 023 8059 2016

 

Sections available for preparation:

Mounting services:

Other services:

Where our samples are used:

The samples we produce are used extensively in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year geology courses as teaching sets for microscopy. The bulk of our work is producing sample sets for our extensive research base here at Ocean and Earth Science. In addition we do a range of material science samples for industry and research. In addition to reflected and transmitted microscopy our samples go on to other laboratories within the faculty including: SEM, Laser Ablation, GAU-Radioanalytical Laboratories, and XRD.

Take a Virtual tour of our facilities.

 

Equipment used in our laboratory:

Our suppliers:

We buy our equipment from a range of suppliers such as Kemet, MetPrep, Buehler, Struers, Brunel MicroscopesHusqvarna and Logitech. If you are interested in thin sectioning or setting up a lab abroad we are happy to help specify equipment and provide training.

Contact:

Daniel Doran Lab Manager
E: D.E.Doran@soton.ac.uk

Matthew Beverley-Smith Thin Section Technician
E: M.Beverley-Smith@soton.ac.uk

T: 023 8059 2016

Useful Downloads

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Lapping to Thickness
Lapping to Thickness
Staff
Staff
Rpck Cutting
Rock Cutting
Finished Thin Section
Finished Thin Section
Checking Thickness
Checking Thickness
Laying out Thin Sections
Laying out Thin Sections
Polished Thin Sections
Polished Thin Sections
Polishing Rock
Polishing Rock

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