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List of Analytical Services & Techniques

Mineral Preparation

  • Thin section making
  • Fine/clay particle separation

Mineralogical analysis

  • X-ray powder diffraction (XRD)
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
  • Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM)
  • Analytical Transmission Electron Microscope (ATEM)
  • Thermal analysis (TG-DSC)
  • Optical microscopy

Chemical analysis

  • X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
  • Wet chemical analysis - (ICP-AES, ICP-MS & ion chromatography)
  • Contaminant speciation and availability
  • Gas chromatography and GC-mass spectrometry

Materials testing

  • Density, porosity, hardness, surface area, particle size etc
  • Thermal expansion

Biological characterisation

  • Characterisation of microbial communities using the techniques of molecular biology (PCR, FISH probing) and more traditional culturing techniques (for aerobes and anaerobes)
  • Assessment of material or soil safety using microbial bioassays
  • Experimental investigation of microbial processes in soils and industrial processes, including landfill sites, sediments and ex situ bioreactors
  • Ecological surveys (animals and vegetation)

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