New Geology X-Ray Lab

January 18th, 2011

WOOSTER, OH – Big news in the Geology Department: our new X-ray lab is being installed this week! Early last year, the Geology Department was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to acquire X-ray instruments to enhance our robust undergraduate research program. Installation has been long awaited, highly anticipated, and wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of many people on campus. We have Ron, Patrice, Tracy, and the electricians and plumbers to thank for making it happen. The installation will probably take all week, but so far (knock on wood), things are going smoothly.

It's as if the space was designed especially for the X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF).

The XRF will allow us to measure the compositions of Earth materials right here on campus. No longer will we need to send our samples (or our students) to other labs for major element analyses! Not pictured (and still wrapped in plastic) is the benchtop X-ray diffractometer (XRD), which will enable us to analyze the mineralogy of samples.

We hope our lab serves as a regional center for X-ray analyses and encourages collaborations with physicists, chemists, archeologists, and geologists. Stay tuned for updates!

7 Responses to “New Geology X-Ray Lab”

  1. Josh Michaelson 18 Jan 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Congratulations! If only I have been there to play with it! =)

  2. Josh Michaelson 18 Jan 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Correction: Congratulations! If only I had been there to play with it! =)

    (After all those papers, you’d think I’d not use the wrong tense… )

  3. Robert Lydellon 18 Jan 2011 at 9:58 pm

    WOW! This is an excellent addition to the lab equipment! Todd, Adam and I would of put this to great use with our samples from Iceland.

  4. Elyssa Krivicichon 18 Jan 2011 at 10:59 pm

    AWESOME! 🙂 It looks so great.

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  7. Jamie Slateron 07 Oct 2011 at 9:55 am

    I’m an amateur geologist in my spare time and I would love one of these.Lucky students is all I can say!

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