School of GeoSciences

Optical Microscope Laboratory

The Optical Microscope Laboratory contains a suite of modern microscopes for a wide range of purposes. It is used by our undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as research and academic staff.

The laboratory contains a suite of modern microscopes suitable for:

  • petrological work
  • digital photography
  • point counting
  • mineral separation
  • cathodoluminescence
  • heating/cooling stages
  • fluid inclusion studies

More details on our range of fluid inclusion, cathodoluminescence and optical microscopes are under each of the drop-down menus below.   


Contact and location


The Optical Microscope Laboratory is located in the Grant Institute, King's Buildings campus at the University of Edinburgh

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There is also an optical microscope room in our physical geography laboratories located at the Institute of Geography, Central area campus.  It includes various microscopes suitable for diatom, pollen, tephra, geological thin section and plant macrofossil identification. The microscope room is open to all students as well as research and academic staff from the School of GeoSciences. 

Physical geography laboratories 


For more information, please contact: 

Dr Cees-Jan De Hoog  Senior Lecturer

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  • Address:  Grant Institute, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, James Hutton Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FE