The Museum offers comprehensive analytical imaging facilities and a DNA sequencing consultancy service.
Our purpose-built laboratories are staffed by a team of specialists experienced in preparation, analysis and interpretation of a broad range of natural and artificial specimens, including biological, mineralogical and cultural heritage specimens. We also have close relationships with researchers, curators and instrument manufacturers.
Our analytical capabilities and techniques
- high resolution scanning electron microscopy (FEG SEM)
- variable pressure scanning electron microscopy (VP SEM)
- confocal microscopy (CLSM)
- micro-CT scanning (µ-CT)
- analytical scanning electron microscopy (SEM-EDX)
- electron probe microanalysis (EPMA)
- inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS)
- inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)
- laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-IPC-MS)
- ion chromatography (IC)
- powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD)
- transmitted and reflected light microscopy of minerals, ores and rocks
- thin, ultra-thin and polished sectioning of rock and mineral specimens