Major Laboratories

General Chemistry Lab

Room: BH406
Contact: Alexis Sitchler

A general chemistry and research labs with a wide variety of standard equipment including: fume hoods, glassware, ovens, hotplates, centrifuges, scales, etc. Instrument: Ion Chromotagraphy


LA-ICP-MS Laboratory

Room: CO260A
Contact: Dr. Zhaoshan Chang
Link: Laboratory Homepage


Microscopy and Fluid Inclusion Laboratory

Room: BH111, BH401B
Contact: Dr. Thomas Monecke
Link: Laboratory Homepage


Minerals and Materials Characterization Facility

Room: BH110, BH116, BH118, BH119
Contact: Dr. Katharina Pfaff
Link: Facility Homepage


Palynology Laboratory

Room: BH404, BH406B
Contact: Dr. Susann Stolze
Link: Laboratory Homepage


Short Wavelength Infra-Red (SWIR) Spectral Analysis Lab

Room: BH 226A
Contact: Zhaoshan Chang
Link: Lab

ASD/ Malvern Panalytical FieldSpec 4 High-Resolution NG


Stable Isotope Facility

Room: BH404, BH406B
Contact: Dr. Susann Stolze
Link: Facility Homepage


Thin Section Lab

Room: BH147
Contact: TBD

Rock saws, laps, automated thin section and polishing equipment for production of petrographic thin sections, polished thin sections, and fluid inclusion sections.


X-Ray Diffractometer

Room: BH405
Contact: Dr. Ric Wendlandt

A powder x-ray diffraction system used for mineral characterization. The solid state system is PC driven and completely automated, capable of multi-sample analysis and uses a copper radiation source. Instrument: Scintag XDS 2000

Additional Analytical Equipment

Geology Core Lab

Room: Green Center B-73 & B-70
Contact: Stephen Sonnenberg



Room: 303
Contact: Paul Santi


Geotech sample testing equipment

Room: Garage
Contact: Paul Santi


Magnetic Separator

Room: 147E
Contact: Yvette Kuiper

For the separation of magnetically sensitive grains of a ground up rock sample by use of a vibrating slide within a magnetic field, in preparation for various types of analysis. Instrument: Franz L-1


Petrographic Microscope

Room: 401
Contact: Wendy Bohrson

A research quality petrographic microscope with a digital imaging system and a camera attachment. Various other research microscopes are distributed throughout the Department. Instrument: Leitz Labolux 12 Pol


Rock Crushing and Milling

Room: 147D
Contact: Thomas Monecke and Yvette Kuiper

Rocklab Boyd jaw crusher and ring mill for crushing and pulverizing rock samples for geochemical analysis. A BICO cone mill is available for grinding and pulverizing of broken rock samples in preparation for geochronological analysis.


Source Rock Analyzer

Room: 301B
Contact: Steve Sonnenberg

Hydrous pyrolysis analysis of source and reservoir rock hydrocarbons for organic carbon content and estimation of thermal maturity.


Water Level Sounder

Room: 141E
Contact: Dave Benson

For measurement of water levels in wells along with measurements of organic liquid-water interface levels. Instrument: Solinist #11688