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Large-Scale Geochemical Facility


Principal characteristics of the facility and of the support offered to users:
The facility contains a large number of modern instruments which were purchased and developed in order to turn the Department of Geology into an international-class research department. Earth and environmental sciences are interdisciplinary and rely heavily on such instrumental methods for the geochemical and isotopic analysis of minerals, rocks and natural waters. Available in the facility under a single manager are: 2 Electron Microprobes, ICP-MS and ICP-AES spectrometers, 2 Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometers, Scanning Electron Microscope, 4 Experimental Geochemistry Laboratories, FTIR and Mossbauer Spectrometers, Carbon and Sulphur analyser and X-ray Diffractometer. The facility manager is a director of the nearby Interface Analysis Centre which provides surface analysis using:- Auger, SIMS, XPS and Laser Raman Spectroscopy. The facility is a vibrant research environment, currently used by approximately 55 researchers of the Department of Geology and supported by 7 full time research staff. It is underpinned by an excellent workshop and a computer network of 140 microcomputers and workstations. This environment and degree of support provides the means for TMR visitors to produce and interpret state-of-the-art geochemical data.
Quantity of access being offered and number of users who may benefit: Instrument Man-days/yr Total (36 months) Man-days
Electron probe microanal. 140 420 Experimental geochem. 100 300 ICP-MS 70 210 ICP-AES
70 210 Spectroscopy
150 450 Thermal Ionisation-MS
60 180 Scanning electron microsc.
70 210 X-ray Diffractometer 70 210 Interface Analysis 50
Normally 2 visitors will be present at the facility at any one time. Most will return at least once during the duration of the contract. This yields: Number/yr
Total Number
Visitors 75 160 Number of Projects 60 130 Man-davs at Facilily 780 2250

Funding Scheme

LFC - Access to Research Infrastructures


University of Bristol
Queens' Road
BS8 1RJ Bristol
United Kingdom