School of GeoSciences

Facilities by Analysis Type

School Facilities listed by analysis type or activity and contacts.

 

Analysis of Extracts and Soils:

Analysis Type Facility Links  
Nitrogen and Phosphorus in water samples and soil extracts         Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem  
Dissolved organic carbon and Nitrogen in water samples                          Organic Geochemistry: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/organicgeochemistry  
Alkalinity in water samples Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem  
Natural and contaminant organics chemicals (including TPH, PAH, lignin phenols, amino acids, total carbohydrates) Organic Geochemistry: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/organicgeochemistry  
Metals and metalloids (by atomic absorption) Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem  
Cations, metals and metalloids (multi-element analysis by ICP)  ICP Analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/icp  
Total carbon/nitrogen in soil and plant samples Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem  
Total inorganic carbon in soils and sediments Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem  
Particle size analysis of sediment, soil samples

Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem

Geography Labs: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/physical-geography-laboratories/palaeoecology-and-sediment-laboratories

 

Imaging and Microscopy:

Analysis Type Facility Links
Imaging, microscopy and photo-microscopy 

Optical Microscope: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/microscopes

http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/physical-geography-laboratories/optical-microscopy

X-ray microCT: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/experimentalgeoscience/x-ray-microct

SEM: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/sem

EPMA: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/electron

Fluid inclusion analysis Optical Microscope: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/microscopes
Cathodoluminesence imaging

SEM: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/sem

Optical Microscope: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/microscopes

Point counting for modal analysis Optical Microscope: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/microscopes
Heating/Cooling of samples in controlled atmosphere under microscopic/video recording Optical Microscope: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/microscopes

Analysis of Solid Materials:

Analysis Type Facility Links
Major elemental analysis of solid materials at micron resolution

SEM: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/sem

EPMA: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/electron

SIMS: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/ionprobe

Phase identification and modal proportions of minerals

XRD Analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/xrd

SEM: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/sem

Whole rock/sediment major and trace element analysis XRF Analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/xrayfluorescence  
Isotopic analysis, major and trace element analysis of solid materials SIMS: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/ionprobe
Isotopic analysis of Oxygen and Carbon in carbonates

Mass Spectrometery: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/massspec

SIMS: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/ionprobe

Isotopic analysis of Carbon and Nitrogen in organic matter Mass Spectrometry: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/massspec
Analysis of volcanic glasses and melt inclusions to fingerprint tephras and understand volcanic processes

Tephra Analysis Unit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/tephra

SIMS: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/ionprobe

EPMA: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/electron

SEM: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/sem

Experimental Geoscience:

Experimental Type Facility Links
Microscope heating and cooling stages Optical Microscope: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/microscopes
1 atm furnaces and muffle furnaces used for sample preparation and high temperature experiments. Experimental Geoscience laboratory: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/experimentalgeoscience
Cold Seal furnaces  operating up to 2kbar and 600°C for phase equilibrium studies. Experimental Geoscience laboratory: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/experimentalgeoscience
Internally heated gas pressure vessels capable of operating up to 1100°C and up to 1GPa. Experimental Geoscience laboratory: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/experimentalgeoscience
Solid Media press capable of generating pressures up to 4GPa and temperatures up to 1600°C. Experimental Geoscience laboratory: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/experimentalgeoscience

Field equipment for Teaching and Research:

  Equipment Type Facility Links

Includes handheld GPS, pH meters, conductivity meters, temperature probes,

river velocity meters, ranging poles, survey equipment, quadrats, measuring tapes,

DBH tapes, clinometers, corers for soil, peat, trees, ice, spades, audio recording equipment

Field Equipment: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciencesfacilities/fieldandgeo

Preparation of Samples for Analysis:

Preparation Type Facility Links
Drying ovens, furnaces, sieving and grinding of soils and plant materials

Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem

Geography Labs: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/physical-geography-laboratories/palaeoecology-and-sediment-laboratories

Extraction of soils and acid digestion of soil and plant materials

Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem

Geography Labs: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/physical-geography-laboratories/palaeoecology-and-sediment-laboratories

Cold rooms, Fridges and freezers

Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem

Geography labs: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/physical-geography-laboratories/cold-room

Freeze drier Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem
Centrifuges (15-1000 ml)

Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem

Geography Labs: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/physical-geography-laboratories/palaeoecology-and-sediment-laboratories

Balances, shakers, ultrasonic baths

Chemical analysis: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/chem

Geography Labs: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/physical-geography-laboratories/palaeoecology-and-sediment-laboratories

Cutting, crushing, grinding and polishing of solid materials and production of thin sections Sample preparation: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/sampleprep
Mineral separation

Sample preparation: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/sampleprep

Optical Microscope: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/microscopes

Preparation of samples for  cosmogenic nuclide analysis ( 10 Be, 26 Al,  36 Cl)  from whole-rock and mineral separates for AMS. COSMO: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/research/facilities/cosmolab
Preparation of samples for He and Ne isotopes by noble gas mass spectrometry. COSMO: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/research/facilities/cosmolab

Ground and Airborne Survey in the Field:

Activity Type Facility Links
Airborne imaging, photography, air sampling from manned and unmanned aircraft Airborne GeoSciences: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/aircraft
Calibrating and testing ground, tower and airborne instrumentation (including temperature, humidity, pressure) Airborne GeoSciences: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/aircraft

Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Ground Penetrating Radar, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Geomagnetic Systems, Seismic Systems

(Note – formal applications to the facility are required to borrow equipment)

NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility (GEF): http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/nerc-geophysical-equipment-pool

Spectroradiometers and sun photometers for optical properties measurements, remote sensing applications and satellite calibration

(Note – formal applications to the facility are required to borrow equipment)

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/nerc-field-spectroscopy-facility

Other Facilites:

Activity Facility Links
Repair, design and build of mechanical equipment Mechanical Workshop: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/mechworkshop
Characterisation and production of custom biochar, supply of standard biochars UK Biochar Research Centre: http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/facilities/biochar
Museum collections, archive of geological material and historical documents

Cockburn Museum: http://www.ed.ac.uk/visit/museums-galleries/geology

University of Edinburgh: http://www.ed.ac.uk/visit/museums-galleries