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Analytical techniques used in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow:…
Analytical techniques used in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow:
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) – Imaging, chemistry and crystallography (EBSD) of carbonate and phosphatic biominerals at the Imaging, Spectroscopy & Analysis Centre (ISAAC). Contact Peter Chung (Peter.Chung@glasgow.ac.uk) for details of ISAAC Facility.
Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) – Extracting crucial crystallographic data from biominerals at high spatial resolution.
Synchrotron analyses – Tomography of biomineral structures and chemistry of climate proxies.
Stable isotope measurements – via traditional mass spectrometry at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses. Moving into area of clumped isotopes in collaboration with SUERC.
Microfluidics & crystal growth – Characterising role and function of biomineral proteins using crystal growth in microfluidics in order to understand their mode of action in control of mineral polymorph, crystal habit and ultrastructure. Research collaboration with Huabing Yin.
Cellular response to biomineral topography and chemistry – isolating topography and chemistry of invertebrate biominerals in order to assess cellular response to these aspects. Research collaboration with Matt Dalby, Nikolaj Gadegaard and Karl Burgess.