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
Yvette Kuiper
Franz Magnetic Separator, heavy liquids and picking microscope Berthoud 147C Yvette Kuiper
Geochemistry lab Berthoud 406 Alexis Navarre-Stichler
Geology Core Lab Green Center B-73 & B-70 Stephen Sonnenberg
Geomechanics Berthoud 303 Paul Santi
Geotech sample testing equip Garage Paul Santi
Optical mineralogy lab Berthoud 401 Wendy Bohrson
Source Rock Analyzer Berthoud 301B Steve Sonnenberg
Thin section and sample preparation lab Berthoud 147 Jae Erickson
Wilfley ‘wet shaking’ table Berthoud 147E Yvette Kuiper