Equipment

The EGEL maintains a suite of equipment for use in the laboratory and the field. Some of the larger and fairly unique items of equipment are described below. Our facility is well equipped for laboratory-based mineral synthesis experiments under controlled environmental conditions. We also maintain a range of equipment useful for field-based sedimentology, water sampling and analysis.

We are fortunate to have access to world class analytical facilities at and near Monash University, such as the Monash X-ray Analytical Platform (website forthcoming), the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, Monash Micro Imaging and the Australian Synchrotron.

 

IMG_3865s
Two InstruQuest HumiSys programmable relative humidity generators: (1) HumiSys HF (high flow generator, 5 L/min) and (2) HumiSys LF (low flow generator, 0.5 L/min). One of the HumiSys units resides in the Monash X-ray Analytical Platform for use with the environmental stages on a Bruker D8 Advance PXRD. The low flow generator is appropriate for use in synchrotron PXRD capillary flow-through experiments.

 

IMG_3881s
InXitu Terra Portable XRD/XRF (“Terry”). This is a field portable powder X-ray diffractometer and X-ray fluorescence analyser. Terry is a seasoned field instrument as well as a Qantas and Jetstar frequent flyer.

 

IMG_3894s
Los Gatos Research Carbon Dioxide Isotope Analyzer (CCIA-36-EP). This instrument provides simultaneous measurement of δ13C and δ18O of CO2 gas either continuously or from discrete samples of gas and carbonate minerals.

 

IMG_3874s
Merck Elix 3 Essential Analytical Grade Water Purification System.

 

IMG_3900s
McCrone Micronizing Mill for preparation of finely powdered samples under ethanol, acetone, or water.

 

IMG_3898s
Several ovens including a Thermo CO2 Incubator for culture work and experiments under controlled temperature and pCO2 conditions.

 

IMG_3907s
Sanyo -25oC Biomedical Freezer for storage of temperature sensitive samples and low-temperature experiments.

 

IMG_3901s
ThermoFisher X-tra Capacity Cryoshipper for storage of samples at <-100oC for fieldwork, transportation and shipping. Samples can be maintained at cryogenic temperatures for a period of two weeks without the need to transport LN2 into the field.