The services offered include:

Sample Preparation

These include, but not limited to, weighing, screening, splitting, crushing, pulverizing, rock and core cutting, polishing of rock slabs, preparation of thin sections, heavy mineral separation, acid digestion, preparation of pressed powder pellets and fusion glass beads, and ashing/burning tests of some geological material.

Geochemical Analysis & Mineral Identification

Instrumentation techniques used require sample digestion with acids (e.g. ICP-OES and AAS) while others are less destructive by analysing solid samples (e.g. XRF and XRD).
Optical polarizing microscopes and binocular microscopes, some of which are fitted with cameras are used for petrographic studies. Specialized gemmological instruments are available for identification and evaluation of gemstones.

Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS)

The AAS lab is equipped with the Analytik Jena ZEEnit 700, a compact spectrophotometer providing Flame AAS, Graphite Furnace AAS and Hydride AAS.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)

The ICP lab is equipped with the PerkinElmer Optima 7300 DV Spectrometer, which is used for multi-element analysis at varying concentrations (major oxides to trace elements).

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)

The Geochemistry labs are equipped with both the wavelength dispersive XRF (WD-XRF) and the energy dispersive XRF (ED-XRF) techniques.
The WD-XRF is a Bruker S8 Tiger. For the ED-XRF technique, two hand-held NITON XRF are available and these are routinely used for semi-quantitative analysis of rock specimen or powdered samples.

X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)

The XRD lab is equipped with a Bruker AXS D8 Advance which is used for accurate identification of minerals.