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Mineralogical laboratories

The Department of Geosciences has a number of laboratories for experimental mineralogy and mineral analysis.

Mineralogical laboratories

The mineralogical laboratories are used both for the curation of the mineral collections and for research projects at the Department of Geosciences.

The mineralogical laboratories may be used by external users upon request. Please contact Henrik Skogby to discuss possibilities.

Furnace lab

High-temperature furnaces (up to 1300 °C) used for experiments in air and at low oxygen fugacities, using H2/CO2 gas mixtures regulated by mass-flow controllers. The equipment is mostly used for thermal treatments and crystal synthesis by flux-growth methods.

X-ray Powder Diffractometer

Powder Diffractometer (PANalytical X'Pert system equipped with X’celerator silicon-strip detector). It is mainly used for mineral identification.

Mössbauer Spectrometer

Mössbauer Spectrometer (Wissel) for studies of Fe valence states and coordination in minerals. Normal samples should contain 2-5 mg Fe, with a total weight limit around 100 mg.

FTIR Spectrometer

The Fourier-transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR; Bruker Vertex 70) is used for measurements of transmission spectra in the MIR-NIR wavelength range (400 - 10 000 cm-1). The instrument is equipped with an IR microscope, ATR objective and polarizers, and is mostly used for measuring vibrational modes of molecular species (e.g. OH-, H2O, CO3) in minerals.

Contact information

Requests for use of the facilities can be sent to Henrik Skogby.

Henrik Skogby | Professor

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