Two robust instruments are available for analysis at the X-Ray Diffraction and X-Ray Fluorescence labs, the Bruker D8 Advance (XRD) and the Panalytical Axios Max (XRF). Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO

The X-ray labs have two advanced instruments: the X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument  and the X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument.  The labs serves in teaching activities and in providing analyses to research projects at the Department of Geosciences.  The labs also offer services to other research departments and institutes, as well as clients from industry.

The IGGL laboratory is equipped with a variety of state-of-the-art instruments for paleomagnetic and rock-magnetic analyses. Visit for information. Photo: IGGL/UiO

The Ivar Giæver Geomagnetic Laboratory (IGGL) is a Norwegian national research infrastructure for geomagnetism, paleomagnetism and rock magnetism hosted by CEED, UiO. It provides (after application and by agreement) researchers in Norway and abroad access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

The ICPMS lab infrastructure consists of several instruments but the main "work" is done by the multicollector MC-ICPMS and the quadrupole Q-ICPMS instrument. Photo: Gunn K. Tjoflot, UiO

In the ICPMS mass spectrometry lab we analyse isotopic ratios and elemental concentrations in solid matter and solutions. The lab is used primarily for U-Pb and Lu-Hf analysis of zircon as well as trace element analysis of solid matter and solutions, but other types of analyses/samples are possible. The lab has over the years provided analyses of high quality for our own researchers and partners, and for teaching at the Dept. of Geosciences.

The Thermo TSQ 8000 (gas chromatograph - triple quadrupole mass spectrometer) is the main instrument in the lab, and provides sensitive analyses of for example biomarkers in petroleum. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO

In the Organic Geochemistry Lab we analyse organic components in oils and environmental samples. The lab has over the years served as a research laboratory for several masters and PhD students in petroleum and environmental geosciences.  The lab does not offer analyses, but the lab's instruments may by appointment be used by students and academic staff under the supervison of the lab personell.

The Electron Microprobe Laboratory at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO

The Electron Microprobe Analyzer (EMPA) provides in-situ qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis of minerals and other solid materials at the micrometer scale. We have extensive experience in performing high-quality microanalyses for research and teaching in material sciences at the Dept. of Geosciences, and other institutes at UiO, for other Norwegian and Nordic research institutions, and also for industry clients.

Aqueous chemistry involves a wide range of techniques and methods, from freeze drying and heating to instruments for measurement of chemical components. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO

The Aqueous Chemistry Laboratory provides analysis of major and trace element compositions in natural waters and sediments. The lab provides data to research in environmental geosciences and for studies in disciplines related to pollution and environmental geosciences at the Dept. of Geosciences.  It also has years of experience in providing analyses to a range of external clients.

Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS). Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot/UiO

The TIMS lab provides high-precison U-Pb dating of zircon and other uranium enriched minerals by isotope dilution thermal ionisation mass spectrometry. The lab has extensive experience in the determination of the timing of geological events. The method is applied to the resolution of many diverse problems in research, and also for assisting exploration programme in industry and for teaching at the Dept. of Geosciences.