Geological Elemental Analysis Laboratory
The Geological Elemental Analysis Laboratory contains wet chemical instruments dedicated to the analysis of aqueous samples, providing quantitative concentrations (ppm to sub-ppm levels) of inorganic elements and nutrients by Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and Ion Chromatography (IC).
The Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) allows quantitative analysis of these and other analytes such as REE at the ppt and ppb levels. Solid phase samples can be digested prior to ICP-OES analysis using the Milestone MLS 1200 Microwave Digestion Unit.
X-Ray Analytical Laboratory
The X-Ray Analytical Laboratory is dedicated to determining the chemical composition and mineralogy of solid phase samples (rocks, soils, sediments, etc.) via X-Ray analytical techniques. Software allows the identification of the crystalline mineral phases present in a sample and quantitative determination of mineral abundances.