Mineral and Materials Characterization Facility – Sample Preparation

The Mineral and Materials Characterization Facility is equipped with a range of sample preparation equipment. Automated state of the art equipment ensures the efficient and safe preparation of a variety of materials, from dust-sized particles to 10-cm-sized rocks. The laboratory has both water- and alcohol-based polishing units, allowing us to work with water-soluble compounds as well.

Epoxy mounts (25- and 30-mm) of the following materials can be prepared in our facility if capacity permits:

  • Particulate material: These include mill products, sediment samples, and heavy mineral separates, and
  • Compounds and alloys: These include industrial materials and metallurgical compounds.

Quality assurance and quality control are the top priorities in sample preparation. From cutting or splitting to mounting, polishing, and coating, high-quality samples are produced during all stages of preparation. Sample preparation for automated mineralogy work (collaborative research projects or fee for service industry projects) is given priority. Miscellaneous sample preparation can only be offered if capacity allows. For sample preparation that is not associated with ongoing research or industry projects, please contact Kelsey Livingston who mages the Thin Section Laboratory within the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.