"Geoanalitik" Analytical Centre of the Ural Branch of RAS

Head: Sergey L. Votyakov
Academician of RAS
tel. / fax: (343) 371-19-97

Deputy Head: Yuliya V. Shchapova, Cand.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, associate professor, Tel. / Fax: (343) 371-60-03, e-mail: shchapova@igg.uran.ru

Analytical Centre staff: 29 employees including 10 under the age of 30 years, six candidates of science, one academician, five graduate students, six teams working in the following areas:

  • Quadrupole mass spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma,
  • X-ray fluorescence and spectral analysis,
  • Electron-probe microanalysis and electron microscopy,
  • Isotope geochemistry and geochronology,
  • X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis,
  • Physics and spectroscopy of minerals.

Areas of activity

  • Analytical procurement of basic research and applied economic contracts in Earth sciences by the Institute of Geology and Geochemistry and other subdivisions of the Ural Branch of RAS, and exploration and mining companies of the Ural region.
  • Compliance with international, federal and regional programs and projects.
  • Development of the existing analytical methods, and creation and presentation of the new ones.
  • Education of students, postgraduate students and trainees; training and re-training of analysts.

Analytical equipment 

Cameca SX 100 Electron probe microanalyzer with five wave spectrometers, Bruker energy dispersion attachment (a) and JSM-6390LV scanning electron microscope with INCA Energy 450 X-Max 80 attachment (b) to determine elements to U (including light Be, B , C, N, O) containing 0.01-100 wt.% and locality to 1 mm, for elemental mapping of grains, to produce BSE-images for chemical dating of U-Th-bearing minerals, to shoot micro objects with magnification up to  *300,000 in high-vacuum and low-vacuum mode and assess their 3D-images

Wave XRF-1800 spectrometer (a) and EDX-900HS energy dispersive spectrometer (b) for X-ray fluorescence analysis of minerals, rocks and ores, with the definition of rock-forming and impurity elements containing 0.01-100 wt.% and locality to 1 mm. ELAN-9000 Quadruple mass spectrometer with inductively coupled plasma (c) and ContrAA 700 atomic absorption spectrometer with a source of continuous spectrum with a flame and electrothermal atomic ionization (d) for the determination of trace content (ppm) of elements in solutions and minerals. Decomposition of minerals, rocks and ores weighing from 10 to 20 mg in specialized clean rooms of 7 and 8 ISO class, using ultra-pure reagents, specialized utensils, PLP-01 microwave ovens, Speedway MWS-3+ systems for microwave decomposition, and INC-05 autoclave module

LSX-500 and NWR213 attachments for laser ablation of samples using YAG: Nd-laser (radiation: 266 nm and 213 nm, crater diameter:  4 to 250 microns)

Neptune Plus multi-collector mass spectrometers with inductively coupled plasma (a) and thermionic Triton Plus (b) to determine the prevalence of radioactive and stable isotopes, Rb-Sr-age and Sm-Nd-age of rocks and minerals

Isotope module of high 6 ISO class of cleanliness with the equipment for sample preparation and analysis

XRD-7000 Diffractometer with polycapillary optics and NTK-1200N high-temperature attachment (a) to study the structure of minerals in the range 25-1500°C, determine their phase composition, and assess their degree of perfection. Mole laser Raman microprobe (b), IR Affinity IK-Fourier spectrometer with a microscope (c), UVmini-1240 optical spectrometer, KlaviR pulse cathode luminescence analyzer, ESR70-03 DX/2 radio spectrometer to obtain spectroscopic characteristics of minerals and rocks; assess the type, structure and concentration of defects, interposition cation distribution, radiation damage of the structure, etc. Diamond TG-DTA derivatograph (d) to determine thermal characteristics (degassing, discharge of OH groups and water) of rocks, minerals, ores weighing between 10 and 20 mg in the temperature range of 25 to 1500°C