Potential users of the XRF facility should discuss requirements in advance of starting work. School staff and students are normally given priority and work external to the School is taken on only by prior arrangement.

All XRF analytical work attracts charges (secured) and sufficient funding should be in place before work starts.

Undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and research staff prepare their own samples for analysis after instruction . Students and research staff do not normally set up or calibrate the instrument but may be required to load and run samples, or to make standards for non-routine analysis.

XRF preparation laboratories are bookable in advance. The sawing, crushing, and grinding facilities are also bookable but a 'Permit to Work' system is in operation for health and safety reasons. Access is only allowed to permit holders who have received the appropriate training .

An XRF sample preparation service is offered to academic staff in the School of GeoSciences. Samples (as powders) must be accompanied by a request detailing the type of material and analysis required.

This article was published on 25 Nov, 2016