Laboratories

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

 

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, Dr. Thomas Monecke
Link: Facility Homepage

 

Thin Section Lab

Room: BH147
Contact: Jae Erickson

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

Field pH Meters

Room: 301
Contact: Rick Sarg

For the measurement of pH of water in the field.

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/ 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

Laboratory Location Contact
Jaw crusher, disk mill and ring mill Berthoud 147D Thomas Monecke
tmonecke@mines.edu
Yvette Kuiper
ykuiper@mines.edu
Franz Magnetic Separator, heavy liquids and picking microscope Berthoud 147C Yvette Kuiper
ykuiper@mines.edu
Geochemistry lab Berthoud 406 Alexis Navarre-Stichler
astichle@mines.edu
Geology Core Lab Green Center B-73 & B-70 Stephen Sonnenberg
ssonnenb@mines.edu
Geomechanics Berthoud 303 Paul Santi
psanti@mines.edu
Geotech sample testing equip Garage Paul Santi
psanti@mines.edu
Optical mineralogy lab Berthoud 401 Wendy Bohrson
bohrson@mines.edu
Source Rock Analyzer Berthoud 301B Steve Sonnenberg
ssonnen@mines.edu
Thin section and sample preparation lab Berthoud 147 Jae Erickson
jaericks@mines.edu
Wilfley ‘wet shaking’ table Berthoud 147E Yvette Kuiper
ykuiper@mines.edu