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Welcome to the Microanalytical Laboratory
The electron microprobe is housed in the Department of Physical Sciences (chemistry, geology, physics) in a dedicated 500 ft2 ground-floor laboratory. This instrument is the only electron microprobe in West Virginia and is Concord University's most advanced piece of major research instrumentation.
The XRF is housed in a separate laboratory on the third floor and is capable of qualitatively mapping the elemental composition of solid materials from areas as large as 10 cm x 10 cm with a resolution of 0.01-0.1 mm. Using transmitted X-ray imaging on the XRF, internal structures and defects may also be studied.
One key application of electron microprobe is tephrochronology, the use of volcanic ash and pumice (tephra) as a tool for dating and correlation. Tephrochronology is employed globally with numerous interdisciplinary applications including: environmental and climate change, archaeology, Earth surface processes, ecology, animal and plant evolution, earthquake hazards & neotectonics, volcanic hazards, and even medicine.
The electron microprobe and micro-XRF instruments are complimented by a sample preparation facility. Additional analytical equipment available for use includes: an atomic force microscope (AFM), polarizing light (petrographic) microscopes, Raman spectroscometer, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS), gas chromatograph (GC), high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), supercritical fluid extraction equipment, a fluorimeter, and UV/Vis spectroscopy.
The microanalytical facility is open to academic users from all departments of Concord University as well as to visitors from other schools, universities, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses.
We welcome new users and new applications. If you are interested in using our facilities, or would like additional information, please feel free to contact us.