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Facilities, Instrumentation & Other Resources

Coal Research Group (Anderson, Rimmer, Crelling, Lefticariu):

X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory (Rimmer):

  • Rigaku Ultima IV X-ray diffractometer with data acquisition and analysis software (including Jade 9.1, RockJock)

Organic Petrology Laboratory (Rimmer):

  • Zeiss Universal microscopes (4) variously equipped for white-light and blue-light reflected light microscopy and transmitted-light microscopy; Prior Lumen 200 UV light source; custom vitrinite reflectance hardware and software (photometer-based); Q-Imaging Retiga 2000R digital camera.
  • Leica DM2500P reflected-light microscope equipped with J&M Analytik TIDAS system for vitrinite reflectance analysis and spectral fluorescence analysis; Prior Lumen 200 UV light source; Leica DFC 400 digital camera.
  • Swift point counter
  • Leitz Orthoplan (3) and Leitz Ortholux (1) microscopes (white-light and blue-light illumination); Pixera digital camera, Hamamatsu digital camera
  • Leitz SM Lux microscopes (6) (white-light illumination)
  • Complete wet lab facilities (including HF kerogen digestion capabilities, drying ovens, centrifuges, balances, etc.)
  • Buehler Ecomet 250/Automet 250 grinder/polisher
  • Thermo Scientific Sorvall ST40R centrifuge
  • Crushing and coal sample preparation facilities (Holmes mill, jaw crushers, portable core saws, rotary mills, sieves, splitters)
  • Computing facilities including PC and Mac; software: PETRA, Systat, SAS, SigmaPlot, Deltagraph

Density Gradient Centrifugation Facilities (Rimmer):

  • Beckman-Coulter Avanti J-20XPI centrifuge equipped with JCF-Z titanium and JS-7.5 rotors
  • Beckman J2-21M centrifuges (2)
  • Automated fraction collectors (2)
  • Mettler/Parr DMA density meters (2)
  • Sturtevant 2" micronizer
  • Fluid energy mill
  • Jet mill
  • Vibracell sonicator

Organic Geochemistry Laboratory (Anderson):

  • GC-matrix isolation FTIR-MS
  • Agilent 5975C gas chromatograph
  • Thermo HiPer TOC analyzer
  • Hydrothermal reactors
  • Complete wet lab facilities (hoods, ovens, balances, etc).

Petrology Laboratory:

Experimental Petrology Laboratory:

  • Piston-Cylinder Apparatus, Depths of the Earth (2) – 10 mm and 13 mm
  • Deltech Gas Mixing Furnace
  • Lindberg furnace (2)
  • Retsch automated mortar and pestle
  • Leica DM 2500P microscope
  • Leica DM 750PM microscope
  • Leica EZ 4 microscope
  • Buehler metaserv 250 grinder-polisher – thin section polishing equipment

FTIR Laboratory:

  • Nicolet iS50 FT-IR with Nicolet continuum microscope attachment for micro-analyses

Martian meteorite collection:

  • Olivine phyric shergotites: NWA 6234/6710 (thick sections, thin sections, and chips), NWA 1068 (thick section and chips), Tissint (thin sections and chips)
  •  Basaltic shergotites: NWA 6963 (thick section and chips), Zagami (thin sections), Los Angeles (thin sections)
  •  Nakhlites: NWA 998 (chip)
  •  Chassignites: NWA 2737 (thin sections)

Inorganic Geochemistry (Lefticariu):

  • Thermo-Finnigan Delta V stable isotope mass spectrometer (IRMS) with dual inlet, ThermoFinnigan TC/EA (with zero blank autosampler), ThermoFinnigan Gasbench II, & Costec EA (with zero blank autosampler).
  • Dionex ICS-2000 ion chromatograph with KOH eluent for anion analysis.
  • Z-2000 Teledyne Atomic Absorption Mass Spectrometer, Polarized Zeeman Method, for metal and cation analysis.
  • Wet lab facilities

Geomorphology and Hydrology Facilities (Esling):

  • 40' x 8' recirculating flume
  • Geoprobe
  • Dual-frequency GPS
  • Handheld GPS
  • Differential GPS
  • Price current meters
  • Total Station
  • Laser range finder
  • 17' Boston Whaler
  • Direct push rig
  • Software: ArcGIS 9.3, HEC-RAS, HEC-GEO RAS,HEC-HMS, HAZUS-MH, Mike21C, ERDAS Imagine, Matlab, SPSS, SAS, AutoCad 2002, Idrisi.

Geophysics Group (Conder, Sexton):

Field Geophysics:


  • Magnetic susceptibility portable systems: Bartington MS-2 (field loop), Exploranium KT-9 and SM-30.
  • Two gas-powered drills, non-magnetic diamond drill bits, and orientometers


  • Gravimeters (2)


  • Seven portable broadband seismometers: Three Trillium 120P and four Trillium compacts with full station deployment kits.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Laboratory Facilities:


  • Agico Kappabridge KLY-4S magnetic susceptibility bridge (freq. = 875 Hz; field = 3-450 A/m);
  • Agico Kappabridge large coil (diameter 52 mm for core samples), only 3 available in the world;
  • Bartington MS-2 magnetic susceptibility system (temperatures = 77 to 973 K), with furnace, field loop, dual frequency (0.465 and 4.65 kHz), core loop and surface sensors;
  • Princeton Measurements Vibrating Sample Magnetometer 3900-04;
  • Astatic torque magnetometer;
  • Frantz isodynamic magnetic separator;


  • Specific gravity measurement system (immersion, Ohaus digital)


  • Permanent on-campus analog seismograph (for display) and broadband CMG-3T seismograph cooperatively operated by SLU.


  • PC (3)
  • Mac (Structure lab: 5; Conder 3, 1 MacPro two quad-core intel Xenon 2.26Ghz)
  • Software: Magnetics (Anisoft 4, TclAMS, FORCinel, Paleomac), Matlab

Other departmental-wide facilities:

ERP GIS/RS Laboratory (209 Parkinson Lab):

Environmental Resources and Policy GIS/RS facility

Teaching Petrology Laboratory:
Well-maintained teaching laboratory equipped with Leica DMEP microscopes (10), Leica DM750P microscopes (4), in addition to a few Leitz microscopes. Projection capabilities.

Student Computer Laboratory:
Undergraduates and graduate students have access to a computer lab housed in Parkinson with access to Dell computers, a large array of software, and printing facilities.

Rock Saw and Preparation Laboratory (Ferré):
Two slab rock saws (diameter 24")
One tile rock saw (diameter 10")
One precision disk rock saw (diameter 4.5")
Saws and crushing equipment for rock preparation (for thin sections, geochemistry, etc.)

Campus-wide Facilities:

IMAGE - Integrated Microscopy and Graphics Expertise:
SIUC SEM and TEM facilities

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility:
The NMR Facility at Southern Illinois University is a university-wide facility. It has three Varian high-field multinuclear spectrometers, an Inova 500, a Mercury plus 400, and an Inova 300 wide-bore.

Mass Spectrometry Facility:
The Mass Spectrometry Facility is located in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Facility owns and operates several high-performance mass spectrometers to support basic research efforts throughout Southern Illinois University.

Morris Library:
The Morris Library on SIUC's campus holds more than 2.6 million volumes and over 36,000 current periodicals and serials. Library users have access to I-Share (the statewide automated system) and to a comprehensive array of databases and other electronic data files (e-journal finder). Morris Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA).