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Business services - consultancy and research facilities for external hire

Our academic staff offer expert consultancy and research services to industry and business.

We also offer access to labs and research facilities at competitive rates:

  • The microprobe suite consists of a Jeol8100 Superprobe with an Oxford Instrument INCA microanalytical system (EDS).
    Contact Andy Beard
  • The X-ray diffraction facility has a Philips PW 1710 pwder diffractometer and PC-APD computer software.
    Contact Steve Hirons
  • London Geochronology Centre: The thermochronometry laboratory uses fission-track, quadrupole mass-spectrometer, noble-gas spectrometer and LA-ICPMS to measure uranium fission-track, (U-Th)/He and U-Pb isotopic signatures in apatite and zircon. These data are used to constrain lithospheric evolution, especially tectonic and climate-erosion driven uplift and exhumation.
    Contact Andy Carter

Birkbeck’s Simon Drake, Andy Beard, Hilary Downes and Jergus Baca were part of a team of geologists who discovered the meteorite impact on the Isle of Skye, including mineral forms never before reported on Earth.

An international team, including Birkbeck’s Professor Andy Carter, uncovered new evidence on the rise and fall of the Indus Civilisation.

Finer analysis of magnesium isotope ratios gives insight into the link between the physical and chemical composition of planets in our solar system.