School of GeoSciences

The Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC)

The Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC) provides integrated and interdisciplinary facilities for the application of microbeam techniques to material analysis.

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The facilities are concerned with micron-scale investigations of the chemical composition, atomic structure and surface texture of both natural (mineral) and synthetic materials. Virtually all chemical elements and isotopes, in major or trace amounts, may be analysed with the available instrumentation.

There are three individual facilities within the Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre.  

Together, they form a unique suite of analytical instruments that support in-house research, the wider University and external visitors.  

The combined facilities are supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and are the UK centre for Ion Microprobe Research in the Earth sciences. They are located within the School of GeoSciences, at the Kings Building's campus, University of Edinburgh.  

Further information, including contact details and access to the facilities, may be obtained through each facility below:

Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA) Facility

NERC Ion Micro-Probe (SIMS) Facility

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Facility

Small Research Facility (SRF)

Our EMMAC facilities are operated as a Small Research Facility (SRF).

A Small Research Facility (SRF) is a facility or service provided by the School and used for research and teaching.  They are also available for use by the wider community such as external academic or commercial use.  Our SRF's are available for hire or on a consultancy basis.  These charges are recognised by grant funders and can therefore form part of a grant submission.

Explore our Small Research Facilities (SRF)

Contact and location

Additional information about Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC) may be obtained by contacting below.  

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 131 650 7887
  • Email:
  • Address:  Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, James Hutton Road, EDINBURGH EH9 3FE


The combined SIMS, EMPA and SEM facilities are all located at King's Buildings campus, University of Edinburgh. 

Please note that parking on campus is strictly by permit only, and parking spaces are subject to availability.  Commercial and external users should contact our staff about parking arrangements.  

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