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Instruments and labs

The Geochemistry group is equipped with a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated facilities housed in purpose built laboratories. Our facilities support a wide range of research activity both within the Geochemistry group and through partnerships externally. Our state of the art facilities are also available for commercial analyses.

For initial enquiries about our capability or using our facilities please contact Dr. J. Andy Milton.

For more information regarding specific instruments and laboratories please click the linked titles below.

Quadrupole ICP-MS: Therml X-SERIES 2

Delivers high-throughput elemental analysis via solution or solid sample introduction.

High Resolution ICP-MS: Thermo ELEMENT 2XR

High-sensitivity elemental and isotopic analysis via solution or solid sample introduction. Particularly suited to difficult matrix and problematic elemental analyses.

Multi-collector ICP-MS: Thermo NEPTUNE

High-Sensitivity isotope analyses via solution or solid sample introduction. Currently measuring the following systems: Li, B, Cr, Fe, Sr, Nd, Pb, Hf, U, U-Pb, U-Th, and Pu.

Thermal Ionisation: Therml TRITON and VG Sector 54

Two instruments providing filament-sourced high precision isotope analyses capability. Currently measuring the following systems: B, Sr, Nd, Sm-Nd, Pb.

Laser Ablation: New Wave UP193FX

Solid micro-sampling capability. Can be coupled to any of our ICP-MS systems.

Micro drill: New Wave Micromill

For preparing micro-sized samples for subsequent analysis.

Clean Chemistry Laboratories

Our suite of Class 1oo chemistry labs for sample preparation.

Asymmetric Field Flow Fractionation

For separation of particulates into size fractions ranging from kD to sub micron. Coupled with UV-VIS photodiode array and fluorescence.

Quadrupole ICPMS (Thermo X-Series2)
High Resolution Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometer (HR-ICP-MS) Thermo Element 2
Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometer, Thermo NEPTUNE (MC-ICP-MS)
TIMS Instrument: Thermo TRITON
Laser ablation: New Wave Up193Fx3
Microdrilling: New Wave Micro-Mill
Class 100 Lab Spaces for low concentration level sample preparation
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