NERC Ion Micro-Probe (SIMS) Facility
The facility supports in-house research, as well as academic and commercial services in Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) analysis for the chemical analysis of small volumes of material.
Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) is used for the chemical and isotopic analysis of small volumes of solid material down to parts per billion for many elements.
The facility is supported by the School of GeoSciences and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), under its National Capability portfolio.
The Ion Micro-Probe is run in conjunction with:
Together, they form a unique suite of analytical instruments within the Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC). The facilities are located within the School of GeoSciences, at the University of Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC)
The application deadline for facility time is 5pm Friday 21 April 2023.
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Small Research Facility (SRF)
Our NERC Ion Micro-Probe Facility is 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.