Plasma Analytical Laboratory (KU-PAL)

The KU-PAL, maintained by Dr Gwen Macpherson, is located in 105 and 105A Lindley Hall. This facility includes a HEPA-filtered air climate controlled instrument room and a HEPA-filtered air preparatory laboratory. The laboratory has a Barnstead Ropure ST reverse-osmosis water purification system, a class-100 HEPA-filtered air laminar work station, class-100 HEPA-filtered air polypropylene exhausting good, and a polypropylene wet-process work station. The instrument room contains a JY138 Ultrace ICP-AES (inductively-coupledplasma, atomic-emission spectrometer, 1996) used for rapid and accurate determinations of major elements in dissolved rocks and in water, and a laser-ablation microprobe (LAM), the Merchantek LUV266x laser ablation microprobe (2000), which is a front-end sampling device for the ICPMS. The LAM allows direct ablation of solids for investigation of small-scale geochemical variations such as are found in zoned crystal and cements, and a VG PQIIXS Q-ICP-MS (1996) used for determinations of trace elements in dissolved rocks and in water.

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
Complete the online form to be considered for the scholarship award.