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Analytical facilities


The Department of Geology hosts state-of-the-art analytical facilities, with a particular focus on elemental geochemistry and geochronology.  We analyse a variety of Earth materials, from water and peat to volcanic glass and minerals, such as apatite and diamond, in order to determine age, provenance and formation processes and address a range of geological questions. We specialise in analytical method development and refinement, including ultra-low trace element analysis and 2D and 3D mapping.

Facilities include two LA-ICP-MS systems, a solution ICP-MS system and associated clean laboratory for ultra-low blank trace element analyses, two dedicated geoscience field emission gun SEMs including one instrument with in-built Raman, polychromatic CL and large-format EDS detectors. The department is also equipped with a CF-IRMS for the analysis of H-C-N-O isotopes in organic matter and carbonates. The Geology department also hosts full sample preparation facilities for rock crushing, mineral separation and a thin section laboratory.

In Situ Geochemistry





Bulk Geochemistry





National Centre for Isotope Geochemistry (NCIG), UCD

Sample Analysis


Fission Track

Raman (iCRAG@TCD)


Sample Preparation

Rock cutting


Crushing and milling

Mineral separation

Tephra separation

Clean laboratory

General preparation laboratory

Centre for Microscopy and Analysis (CMA)

Accredited commercial analytical testing:

  • Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) & Energy Dispersive X-Ray Microanalysis
  • White Light Interferometer
  • Arc Spark Optical Emission Spectrometer
  • Microscope FTIR