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Department Facilities

RESEARCH LABORATORIES
High Temperature Furnaces for Studying Magmatic Processes

Jim Brophy

Paleontology Collections

The IU Paleontology Collection is formal public trust research repository for fossil material. Its 1.3 million specimens document past research projects and serve as a resource for new synthetic research on stratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, geochemistry, and the biotic effects of climate change for researchers at Indiana University and in the international scientific community. Claudia Johnson, Jackson Njau, David Polly

Petrology Microscopes

The department has a set of rooms dedicated to optical microscopy and photo-imaging. Research-grade polarizing microscopes allow examination of whole thin sections at the scale of 1 to 1, scaled to magnifications >40X.
Bob Wintsch, Ed Ripley

Shale Research Lab

The Shale Research Lab has field equipment ranging from camping gear, ladders, portable saws, rock climbing gear, a scintillometer, and a gamma ray spectrometer for the study of shale outcrops.

FEI Quanta 400 FEG (field emission environmental scanning electron microscope). Access to the nanometer realm, chemical characterization, crystal structure, grain orientation, high resolution color cathodoluminescence.

The flume facility was built to study depositional and erosional parameters of mud, and to duplicate depositional features observed in the rock record (reverse engineering mother nature). It is a work in progress because we are constantly learning and building (4 flumes at present). NSF and industry funded.
Juergen Schieber

Systematic and Experimental Study and Analysis of Metals in the Environment (Sesame Lab)

Sesame Lab is located in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences on the IU Bloomington campus. The street address is room 452 in the Multidisciplinary Science Building II at 702 N. Walnut Grove, Bloomington IN 47405.

The clean lab space is approximately 400 square feet, with a HEPA-filtered, positively-pressured air supply, 55 air changes per hour, and a redundant exhaust fan configuration. Three five-foot, polypropylene, ULPA-filtered laminar-flow, exhausted hoods are used for sample digestion, drying, and ion exchange chromatography. A seven-foot hood is used for in-house distillation of nitric and hydrochloric acids, acid titration, and acid-cleaning of all Teflon. The hoods are complemented by polypropylene cabinetry, Mettler-Toledo XP205DR and XS4002S balances with LabX software support, an ULPA-filtered drying box for clean plastics, and Teflon-coated graphite block hot plates with programmable Eurotherm controllers. Laura Wasylenki

ANALYTICAL LABORATORIES

The following labs offer analytical services to both IU and non-IU students and faculty, and to commercial companies. Please contact the directors of each lab to inquire about availability and fee structure.

Analytical Geochemistry Labs

Analytical Geochemistry Laboratory (MSBII 453) is a department facility that is dedicated to the inorganic geochemistry of geologic materials (water, sediments and soils, and rock). Erika Elswick

Electron Microprobe

Our CAMECA SX-50 Electron Microprobe is for research and teaching activities in geochemistry, petrology and geochronology.Chusi Li

Mineralology Facilities XRD

The mineralogy facilities at IU consist of several laboratories including an X-ray diffraction laboratory, a thermal analysis laboratory, and a clay mineral and sample preparation laboratory. David Bish

Scanning Electron Microscope

SEM-ESEM Lab. FEI Quanta 400 FEG (field emission environmental scanning electron microscope). Access to the nanometer realm, chemical characterization, crystal structure, grain orientation, high resolution color cathodoluminescence. No coating needed, can image moist materials, microbes survive study under the beam. NSF funded. Juergen Schieber

Stable Isotope Research Facility

The Stable Isotope Research Facility (SIRF) in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences houses four isotope ratio mass spectrometers dedicated to analysis of H, C, N, O, and S. Peter Sauer, Ben Underwood