Geochemical analysis

Geochemical analysis

Tools to study the chemical composition of the Earth

Electron Microprobe: Cameca SX 100

Used for

Analysis of multiple elements within polished sections down to the 100 ppm level

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: Polished Thin Sections, Disks, or Mounts
  • Tungsten Filament

Contact

Timothy Murphy
Location: E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Timothy.D.Murphy@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8258

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 123

Elemental Analyser:  Elementar Cube

Used for

Concentration of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Sulfur in bulk samples

Contact

Olivier Olaard
Location: E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 203
Olivier.Alard@mq.edu.au

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 221

Microscope: Scanning electron microscope: FEI Field Emission SEM with Nanomin Software

Used for

High-resolution imaging and mineral/EDX mapping

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: Polished Thin Sections, Disks, or Mounts
  • Field Emission
  • 5-30 kV Emission
  • Secondary Electron and Backscatter imaging
  • 2x Bruker XFlash 6|30 EDX Detectors
  • Liquid Nitrogen Condenser

Contact

Sean Murray
E5A - 11 Wally's Walk, Room B11 (MUSSIL)
Sean.Murray@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 6121

Location

E5A – 11 Wally’s Walk, Room B11

Microscope: Scanning electron microscope: Zeiss EVO|MA15 SEM with Aztec Software

Used for

High-resolution imaging with a specialization in elemental mapping and EBSD

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: Polished Thin Sections, Disks, or Mounts
  • Tungsten Filament
  • Backscatter and Secondary Electron Imaging
  • Oxford Instruments X-Max EDX
  • Horiba iHR320 EBSD

Contact

Timothy Murphy
Location: E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Timothy.D.Murphy@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8258

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 123

Specimen preparation instruments: Selfrag

Used for

Rock disaggregation using high-voltage electrical pulses

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: 1 kg of crushed rock, but can do significantly less material

Contact

Lauren Robinson
E5A - 11 Wally's Walk, Room B31
Lauren.Robinson2@students.mq.edu.au

Location

E5A - 11 Wally's Walk, Room B31

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: ICP-MS: Agilent 7500 Series

Used for

ppb level resolution on trace elements in acidified solutions

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: Dissolved Material in 2% HCl or HNO3
  • Integrated Autosampler
  • Solution Only

Contact

Peter Wieland
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 206
Peter.Wieland@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 4402

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 126

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: ICP-MS: Agilent 7700 Series

Used for

High-throughput ICP-MS

Contact

Yi-Jen Lai
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Yi-Jen.Lai@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8376

Locations

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 106
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 126

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: ICP-MS: Agilent 8900 Triple Quad

Used for

Trace elements in studies where isobaric interferences are a concern

Contact

Yi-Jen Lai
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Yi-Jen.Lai@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8376

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 108

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: ICP-MS: Nu Attom High-Resolution ICP-MS

Used for

High-resolution isotope-ratios in a solid matrix using laser ablation

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: Polished thin sections or disks
  • Attached to a Photon-Machines Laser Ablation System for Spot Analysis
  • Laser Ablation Only

Contact

Yi-Jen Lai
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Yi-Jen.Lai@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8376

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 126

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: ICP-MS: Nu Plasma II

Used for

Multicollector ICP-MS

Contact

Yi-Jen Lai
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Yi-Jen.Lai@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8376

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 106

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: ICP-MS: Nu Plasma HR

Used for

High Resolution Multi-Collector ICP-MS

Contact

Yi-Jen Lai
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Yi-Jen.Lai@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8376

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 108

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: ICP-MS: Thermo Fisher Neptune High Resolution ICP-MS

Used for

High-Resolution ICP-MS

Specifications

  • 10x13 Ω resistors

Contact

Bruce Schaefer
Bruce.Schaefer@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8368

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 135

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: Isotope ratio MS MAT 253 plus with IBEX

Used for

MAT 253 plus MS: δ13C, δ18O, and Δ47 measurements on CO2 gas IBEX: Acid digestion and purification of carbonates for direct input into MAT 253 plus MS

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: 2-4 mg pure carbonate aliquots
  • 7 Faraday cup configuration
  • 1013Ω resistors on the mass 47, 47.5, 48, and 49 cups
  • Dual-Inlet
  • IBEX sample preparation system with controlled temperature reactions in a common acid bath

Contact

Sean Murray
E5A - 11 Wally's Walk, Room B11 (MUSSIL)
Sean.Murray@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 6121

Location

E5A – 11 Wally’s Walk, Room B11

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: Thermal ionization MS: Thermo Triton

Used for

Measuring isotopic ratios that are used in geochronology, cosmochemistry, and geochemistry. e.g. Sr-Nd, U-Th-Pb, U-series disequilibrium, Sr, Nd, Hf, & Os in seawater

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: Powdered bulk material that is acid digested and chemically cleaned

Contact

Peter Wieland
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 206
Peter.Wieland@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 4402

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 124

Spectrometer: Mass spectrometer: Thermal ionization MS: Thermo Fisher Triton Plus

Used for

High Precision Isotope Ratios

Contact

Bruce Schaefer
Bruce.Schaefer@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8368

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 135

Spectrometer: Raman

Used for

High Precision Isotope Ratios

Contact

Bruce Schaefer
Bruce.Schaefer@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8368

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 135

Spectrometer: X-ray fluorescence: Bruker M4 Tornado Micro XRF

Used for

In-situ major element composition and elemental distribution of whole samples

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: Pretty much anything that will fit inside and withstand vacuum
  • Chamber size: 600mm x 360mm x 260mm
  • Resolution down to 20 μm

Contact

Timothy Murphy
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 204
Timothy.D.Murphy@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 8258

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 206

Spectrometer: X-ray fluorescence: Panalytical Axios XRF Spectrometer

Used for

Major element analysis of fused glass beads produced from rock powders

Specifications

  • Typical Sample Type: 1 gram of <63 μm rock powder
  • Fused glass beads produced in-house using your sample
  • 1 kW Source

Contact

Peter Wieland
E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 206
Peter.Wieland@mq.edu.au
T: 02 9850 4402

Location

E5B - 10 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Avenue, Room 206

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