TTU GeoAnalytical Laboratory
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Welcome to the TTU GeoAnalytical Laboratory webpage. Our laboratory has been providing analyses of rocks, soils, water, and biological materials to the geologic and environmental research communities since 1985 with arrival of a Perkin-Elmer 3030 atomic absorption spectrometer. In 1988 a major milestone was achieved with the addition of our first Leeman Labs ICP-AES. Both machines are now retired. The two primary analytical tools currently in use at the TTU GeoAnalytical Laboratory are the Agilent 7500cs inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometer (ICP-MS), acquired in 2007, and the Leeman Labs Prodigy High Dispersion inductively coupled plasma spectrometer (ICP-AES), installed in the spring of 2011. We have a New Wave UP213 Nd:YAG laser system that can be used in conjuction with the ICP-MS to analyze solid materials and an Agilent ASX-500 autosampler sample introduction system for dilute aqueous samples.
The GeoAnalytical Laboratory is a research oriented facility. We work with undergraduates, graduate students, and professors to determine the chemical composition of their research samples. As a department facility, our first priority is the support of Texas Tech Geosciences students and faculty in their research endeavors. We work with students and faculty from other TTU and TTU HSC departments, and accept contract work.
We are happy to discuss the possibilities available and how we might meet your analytical needs.