Analytical and imaging facilities

The Natural History Museum offers comprehensive analytical imaging facilities and DNA sequencing consultancy service.

Our purpose-built laboratories are staffed by a team of specialists experienced in preparation, analysis and interpretation of a broad spectrum of biological, mineralogical and material specimens.

Our analytical capabilities and techniques include:

  • world-class analytical facilities in modern purpose-built laboratories
  • specialist personnel
  • close liaison with researchers and curators
  • electron probe microanalysis
  • analytical scanning electron microscopy
  • field emission scanning electron microscopy
  • variable pressure scanning electron microscopy
  • transmission electron microscopy
  • inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy
  • inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy
  • ion chromatography
  • infra-red spectroscopy
  • powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction
  • transmitted and reflected light microscopy of minerals, ores and rocks
  • thin, ultra-thin and polished sectioning of rock and mineral specimens
  • Artificially coloured scanning electron microscope image of a honey bee, Apis mellifera
    Imaging and Analysis Centre

    Staffed by specialists in the preparation and analysis of geological and biological samples and synthetic materials. The facilities are available for consultancy work, use by Museum staff, research students and scientific visitors.

  • Analytical Variable Pressure SEM used for rapid high-resolution imaging and micro-analysis
    Recent projects

    A selection of some of our recent analytical and imaging consulting projects.

For further information contact

NHM Consulting
Analytical Facilities
Natural History Museum
Department of Mineralogy
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5263
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7 942 5811
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NHM Consulting

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5019
Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 5841

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