University of Texas at Austin

MSRL Labs and Instrumentation

Equipment

To perform their research, MSRL researchers benefit from state-of-the-art specialty dedicated facilities and equipment.  Recent funding has been secured to extend the laboratory building attached to the Bureau of Economic Geology, and MSRL will extend it's lab surface in the brand new future space.

Organic and Mineral Geochemistry:
  • Custom-built high-pressure pure gas adsorption/desorption system
  • Agilent 7890A gas chromatograph
  • Custom rock-crusher sample cell and Spex sample prep 800M mixer/mill for use with GC system
  • Shimadzu GCMS-QP2010S gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer
  • Foss Soxtec 2043 extraction unit
  • Quantachrome Autosorb iQ-MP physisorption analyzer
  • Delta V Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer
  • BTX II Compact Benchtop X-Ray Diffraction System
  • 6 Bruker Tracer Series XRFs
  • Helium Press for XRF
  • Costech Elemental Analyzer
  • Thermo Scientific GasBench II
  • UIC CM5015 Coulometer
  • SPEX X-Press Laboratory Pellet Press
  • Sartorius Cubis Microbalance
  • HAWK (Hydrocarbon Analysis with Kinetics) set up
Nanopore Imaging and Modelling:
  • NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner
  • Ultrapore 300 Porosimeter
  • SMP-200 Shale Matrix permeameter
  • RCHR-series core holder
  • AIST-NT SmartSPM 1000 Atomic force microscope on Herzan TS-150 stable table
  • Zeiss Axio light microscope equipped with Hamamatsu ORCA-flash 4.0-C11440 high speed digital camera
  • Shimadzu UV-2450 particle analyser on custom-built packed column with Fractionator Frac-920 sample collector and Metzler Toledo balance
  • Philips XL430 scanning electron microscope
  • FEI Nova NanoSEM 430 scanning electron microscope
  • Gatan Chroma cathodoluminescence imaging system
  • Bruker dual detector EDS system
  • Leica triple gun cross sectional ion milling instrument
  • Gatan 682PMP ion miller/coater
  • Ladd Carbon Coater
  • Leica EM ACE 600 metal coater
  • Optical microscope Nikon Labophot-pol
Petrographic Imaging:
  • Keyence VHX-1000 3D digital microscope
  • Nikon LV100N POL epi- and diascopic mineralogical microscope
  • 2 Leica DMLSP mineralogical microscopes
  • 5 Nikon UV Fluorescence microscopes
Field Equipment:
  • Optech ILRIS-LR spectral LIDAR
  • GigaPan EpicPro automated stand with Canon 10D camera
  • Radioactive Solutions RS-230 spectral gamma-ray handheld scanner
Rock Mechanics/Petrophysics:
  • RTR-1000 Triaxial Rock Testing system
  • 3 Proseq Equotip Bambino rebound hammers
  • Olson NDE 360 UPV benchtop ultrasonic measurements system
  • Core Lab high resolution & frequency minipermemeter
  • Core Lab belt fed spectral gamma-ray whole-core scanner
  • Precision automated plugger drill and trim saw/sander for sample preparation