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Mineral Geochemistry

We have some of the best facilities for mineral analysis in Sweden, with a state of the art scanning electron microscope with X-ray spectrometers (SEM) for microanalysis of minerals, and two inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICPMS), allowing work in laser ablation and solution mode. These can make accurate geochemical analyses of minerals and rocks from 100% (e.g. native gold) down to parts per billion, e.g. lanthanum, in garnet. We use these instruments for both teaching and research, and we welcome many international guests to our research courses and as visiting users.


Photo: A psychedelic image of our Hitachi scanning electron microscope, with energy-dispersive and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectrometers, cathodoluminescence and electron backscattered diffraction detectors.



We make sure our analyses are accurate, but we are equally interested in method development as in what the minerals are, what other minerals they formed with and what the geochemical analyses can tell us.


Photo: A backscattered electron image of minerals grown in a rock fracture shows their distinctive crystal structures.





Mineral Geochemistry Group


Prof David Cornell
Dr Thomas Zack
Axel Sjöqvist

Research Engineer

Dr Johan Hogmalm

Page Manager: Robert Karlsson|Last update: 7/17/2014

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