Analytical facilities

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The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

+44 (0)20 7942 6189

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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 (ยต-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

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