The Lab

 

The PowerGeolab has equipment and instrumentation for preparing and characterizing Earth materials as well as conducting a wide range of experiments with a focus on elucidating mineral-water interactions.  Research outcomes are contributing towards sustainable development of mineral resources and novel processes for CO2 sequestration.  We are grateful for funding received through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ontario Research Fund.

Trent School of the Environment hosts the Microenvironment Laboratory as well as analytical equipment for water analyses and sediment characterization.

Trent Water Quality Centre has an impressive array of instrumentation capable of analyzing just about anything present in water.

SGS in Lakefield near Peterborough provides a range of mineralogical and geochemical analyses.

Interested in joining the lab?  We're recruiting students for M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses, keen undergraduate students are also welcome!

 
We're using our Li-Cor system to measure CO2 fluxes in natural and human-made materials.

We're using our Li-Cor system to measure CO2 fluxes in natural and human-made materials.

This coulometer allows us to precisely measure the inorganic carbon content of solid and water samples.

This coulometer allows us to precisely measure the inorganic carbon content of solid and water samples.

We have plenty of equipment for sample preparation including balances, sonication and shaker baths, centrifuge, and fumehood.

We have plenty of equipment for sample preparation including balances, sonication and shaker baths, centrifuge, and fumehood.

We can determine particle sizes of tailings and sediments using our vibratory sieve shaker and a laser-based system.

We can determine particle sizes of tailings and sediments using our vibratory sieve shaker and a laser-based system.

In the PowerGeoLab, we use this micronizing mill to finely grind samples for mineralogical analyses by X-ray diffraction.

In the PowerGeoLab, we use this micronizing mill to finely grind samples for mineralogical analyses by X-ray diffraction.

Surface area directly relates to mineral reactivity. We use a BET system to obtain accurate surface areas of tailings samples.

Surface area directly relates to mineral reactivity. We use a BET system to obtain accurate surface areas of tailings samples.

We're using this automated system to study weathering of ultramafic rock and tailings.

We're using this automated system to study weathering of ultramafic rock and tailings.