Imaging and Analysis Centre

3D visualisation

Our 3D Vis Lab offers surface scanning facilities using laser, structured light and focal variation technologies.

Chemical analysis

We use specialist techniques to determine the concentrations of elements and chemical species in a wide range of samples.

Confocal microscopy

In confocal microscopy a small, flourescent object is scanned using a laser beam to build up a 3D shape one line at a time. 

Micro-computed tomography

A non-invasive and non-destructive technique that uses X-rays to create 3D models of the internal and external features of specimens.

Light Microscopy Laboratory

Our state-of-the-art microscopy systems allow scientists to see beyond the limits of the naked eye.


Our instruments allow us to conduct qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis of samples.

Electronics workshop

Repair and modification of specialist electronic equipment

Mineralogy Preparation Lab

Our staff are specialised in preparing mineralogical samples for microscopy and chemical analysis.

Scanning electron microscopy

A powerful magnification tool that utilizes focused beams of electrons to obtain information.

X-ray diffraction (XRD) laboratory

A tool for phase identification, quantification and crystal structure analysis.