School of Geography, Geology and the Environment


X-ray fluorescence (XRF) 

X-ray fluorescenceThe Rigaku Primus IV WD-XRF facilitates rapid, non-destructive, multi-element chemical analysis/characterisation of solid samples including rocks, soils, ceramics, metals and alloys and is typically used as the first level of data generation for a multitude of research applications.

Read the information article about the Rigaku Primus IV WD-XRF spectrometer in the School.


Lin Marvin
+44 (0)116 252 3817

Zeiss Scanning Electron Microscope

The ZEISS Sigma 300 analytical Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) joins a suite of other electron microscopes in the University of Leicester’s Advanced Microscopy Facility. The new Zeiss is a bespoke instrument with a large chamber able to handle a wide variety of sample types to support a multitude of research needs. The system boasts a combination of analytical detectors that make this instrument unique in the UK: it combines two energy dispersive spectrometers (EDS) with wave length dispersive (WDS) and µ-XRF capabilities along with cathodoluminescence analysis. This allows for high resolution imagery with accurate and precise major and trace element chemical characterisation.


Thin sections/sample preparation

igneous thin section

Our laboratories offer a range of standard- and non-standard-sized thin and polished thin sections and polished blocks for use in transmitted and reflected microscopy, electron microprobe analysis and electron microscopy.


Dr Annika Burns
+44 (0)116 252 3792


iCAP-Qc quadrupole ICP mass spectrometer

We operate a Thermo Scientific iCAP-Qc quadrupole ICP mass spectrometer, for high-sensitivity measurement of trace elements and isotope ratios in solutions and via laser ablation. The iCAP-Qc is linked to a New Wave Research-ESI 213nm laser unit, fitted with a two-volume ablation cell for in-situ analysis of a range of geological, engineering and archaeological materials.


Adam Cox

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