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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

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

Research from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences’ Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann found the Earth’s ‘natural thermostat’ could enable recovery from climate change – but this would take hundreds of thousands of years.

Ian has long been a leading figure in planetary sciences and astrobiology, and has made many major contributions to his field.