School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

The NERC Recognised Experimental Geoscience Facility

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The Experimental Geoscience Facility is housed in a series of purpose built blast-proof laboratories within the Grant Institute. The Geoscience laboratory suite is equipped to address a range of experimental investigations under conditions ranging from those characteristic of the Earth's immediate subsurface to deep Earth conditions. These laboratory facilities are utilised by a broad spectrum of in-house staff and students and also by visiting researchers.

Many novel developments in geosciences and biology require safe and routine access to 'large-volume' fluid, gas and solid medium pressure vessel systems which operate at high pressure and at controlled temperature and gas speciation. Such systems require operation and maintenance in purpose-built, blast-proof environments by highly experienced personnel. The Edinburgh laboratories provide a core facility, equipped with generic pressure vessel systems and maintained by skilled scientific support staff.

The high pressure laboratories at Edinburgh were established circa 1968, and were one of 2 UK centres with large NERC and UGC research funding (the other was Manchester), under the direction of Prof Mike O'Hara. From 1991-1998 the Edinburgh laboratories operated as a U.K. centre supporting experimental petrology as the "NERC Experimental Petrology Community Support Facility", with Prof. Colin Graham and Dr Stephen Elphick as the Principal Investigators. Since 1998 the facility has operated as a pay-as-you-go NERC recognised community support facility . Recent major support from the Leverhulme Trust and via the ECOSSE program has supported new personnel appointments and novel equipment development.

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The Experimental Geoscience Facility welcomes applications to act as a host for UK and European funded Research Fellows.

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Information about the facilities may be obtained by contacting either: