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Durham University

Durham Geochemistry Centre


The Durham Geochemistry Centre (DGC) hosts a wide range of internationally-renowned laboratories and facilities that are led by researchers and run on a day-to-day level by experienced laboratory managers. The analytical facilities are underpinned by high-quality supporting laboratories and dedicated technical staff, all under the auspices of DGG.

The Arthur Holmes laboratories are broadly sub-divided into those used to obtain precise elemental data, principally using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry techniques, and those for precise isotope measurements using either plasma sourced multi-collector mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) or thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS).

The Stable Isotope and biogeochemistry laboratories use gas source mass spectrometers for the measurement of natural abundance stable isotope ratios in geological and environmental materials.

The Source Rock and Sulfide Geochemistry and Geochronology Laboratory conducts research utilizing Rhenium-Osmium (Re-Os) elemental abundance and isotope ratio determination, and geochronology. Research utilizing comprises three principle themes: economic / ore geology; hydrocarbon Systems; paleoclimate / oceanography