The Department has well-equipped labs for studies in paleontology, mineralogy and mineral physics, geomorphology and Quaternary geology, sedimentary geochemistry, and computational geophysics. In addition, we have the specialized labs described below.
Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis - The Analytical Electron Microscopy Facility (CFAMM) is a universal research and service facility for microscopic characterization of organic and inorganic materials, biological tissue and minerals, applying microscopy techniques and
Digital Geologic Map Center - The Digital Geologic Map Center, a GIS center, is part of the U.S. Geological Survey and California Division of Mines and Geology's Southern California Aerial Mapping Project (SCAMP). The center
EMSOC Facility - In partnership with the University of Washington and the University of Utah, UCR has built a national
Geochemical Kinetics Laboratory - The laboratory is used to conduct studies of the rates and mechanisms of geochemical reactions. Facilities include reaction vessels, constant temperature heating/cooling circulation baths, UV-visible spectrophotometer's with flow-through cells, pH meters and supporting analytical instrumentation.
The laboratory also houses a heating/freezing fluid inclusion stage with
GIS and Remote Sensing - The Geographic Information Systems laboratory is used to support departmental research in geological sciences, spatial analysis, fire ecology, and vegetation dynamics using Geographical Information Systems. This area also serves as a major node of the interdepartmental GIS resource at UCR,
Inorganic Geochemistry Labs - There are 5 separate labs with full wet chemical and extraction facilities for aqueous geochemistry equipped with a Thermo Finnigan Delta V Plus Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS
CostechInstruments - 4010 Elemental Combustion System (EA) for C, N and S isotope ratio determinations.
Thermo Scientific - Thermo Chemical Elemental Analyzer (TC-EA) for routine (automated) on-line analysis of 18O for carbonate-associated sulfate CAS (as BaSO4) and silver phosphate (derived from biogenic apatite) via high-temperature pyrolysis, and with additional collectors for routine, automated analysis of 33S as SO
- Agilent 7500ce collision/reaction cell quadrupole Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) for trace metal analysis and sulfate concentration determinations.
Eltra- CS-500 Total Carbon/Sulfur Determinator w/ Total Inorganic Carbon Module. MorphometicsLaboratory - The morphometrics lab is available for graduate student and faculty research requiring electronic 2-D image acquisition and morphometric data acquisition in 2-D and 3-D. The laboratory houses MAC based image analysis hardware linked via CCD video camera to research microscope and/or photographic copystand. Flat-bed and slide scanning facilities are also available. 3-D digitization and CAD manipulations are available on a PC-based system.
Organic Geochemistry Labs - We specialize in retrieving and identifying lipid biomarker signals from ancient sedimentary rock bitumen (the solvent-extractable organic material), kerogens (insoluble polymeric organics) and oils, although we also analyze modern sediments, cultured biomass and meteorites.
Two new laboratories
- SPEX 8515
shatterboxwith alumina ceramic puck mill for rock crushing.
- CEM MARS microwave extractor for solvent extraction of sediments, meteorites, cultures, etc.
- Custom-built Catalytic
Hydropyrolysis( HyPy) reactor for kerogen degradation and retrieval of bound ancient biomarkers and for rapid screening of microbial cultures for identifying novel lipid biomarkers.
- Agilent 7890A GC coupled to a 5975C MSD mass spectrometer (GC/MS) for molecular biomarker analyses. GC has a cold on-column and a PTV injector.
- GC-C-IRMS facility (Agilent 6890 GC with
autosamplerlinked to a Thermo Finnigan Delta V Advantage isotope ratio mass spectrometer via a GC/C-III combustion interface) for compound-specific organic work for 13C analysis on individual biomarker compounds.
Stable Isotope Laboratory - An isotope ratio and gas mass spectrometry lab
Equipment includes deformation apparatuses capable of attaining temperatures of 1900 K and pressures of 2 GPa, 3 GPa and 5 GPa, respectively. A