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Geography Laboratories

Analytical Laboratory (Research)

This research laboratory is equipped with an extensive suite of high-precision analytical instruments which are used to analyse water and sediment samples. Our specialised analytical instruments include: Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analysers, an elemental analyser, an ion chromatography system, ultra-high performance liquid chromatograph and gas chromatograph mass spectrometers. Within this laboratory is a Class 1000 clean booth (fully climate and particulate controlled) which houses Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometers (GC - MS) and an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP - MS).

In addition, this temperature, humidity and particulate controlled laboratory is equipped with ultra-high purity water (Elga), a fume hood (Hydrofluoric acid capable), balances (five and seven figure), a centrifuge, an ultrasonic bath, a CEM microwave solvent extraction system, a whirlimixer, furnaces, heating blocks, nitrogen and high-purity hydrogen generators, a Buchi rotorevaporator and a GeneVac centrifugal evaporator.


  • Agilent Technologies 7900 ICP - MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometer)
  • Analytik Jena Multi EA (Elemental Analyser) 4000
  • Shimadzu TOC (Total Organic Carbon) - L / TNM (Total Nitrogen Module) - L Analyser
  • Thermo Scientific Dionex ICS 3000 Dual Ion Chromatography System
  • Thermo Scientific Flash 2000 Organic Elemental Analyser and NC (Nitrogen Carbon) Soil Analyser
  • Thermo Scientific ISQ LT Single Quadrupole MS (Mass Spectrometer) and Trace 1310 GC (Gas Chromatograph) with PTV (Programmed Temperature Vaporising) Injector
  • Thermo Scientific ISQ Single Quadrupole MS (Mass Spectrometer) and Trace 1310 GC (Gas Chromatograph) with PTV (Programmed Temperature Vaporising) Injector and CI (Chemical Ionisation) Reaction Gas Manifold
  • Thermo Scientific Trace 1310 GC (Gas Chromatograph) with Dual FID , SSL (Split / Splitless) Injectors and Autosamplers (Gemini configuration)
  • Waters Acquity UPLC (Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatograph) / TQ MS (Mass Spectrometer) with Fluorescence and PDA (Photo Diode Array) Detectors

Who to Contact Laboratories & Field Equipment

General Enquiries

Frank Davies
Chief Technician
0191 33441849

Eleanor Maddison
Deputy Laboratory Manager
0191 33441963

Laboratory Opening Times

Monday - Friday

08:45 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:15