Service: Rare Earth Elements

Lakehead University’s Centre of Analytical Services offers advanced mineral analysis to exploration and mining companies. The right mineralogical information can lead to increased profit.
You might be interested in this service if you:
  • are a geologist,
  • are a prospector,
  • represent an exploration company.
Specialized REE Services that Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services (LUCAS) can offer you:
  1. thin section preparation
  2. petrography and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis of thin sections to identify the minerals which host the REE, all completed by research scientists specializing in carbonatites and REE-hosted rocks. This includes qualitative mineral identification, and if needed, quantitative mineral analysis.
  3. Imaging of the REE-host rock, both petrographic and high resolution imaging (using SEM)
  4. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of mineral phases in the rocks, including semi-quantitative and quantitative assessments.
How you need to prepare the sample before submission. Instructions on sample submission
Send or drop off a small sample (as small as 2-4 grams). No other preparation on your behalf is required. If you would like your sample returned after analysis, please let us know.
What happens to your sample after we receive it. Analytical Methods and Technical Information.
We will pulverize the sample and run an x-ray powder diffraction scan. We utilize a search/match program and our house materials scientist compiles a short report on the composition of your sample.
Have questions about this service?
Not sure if this test will help you?
Ready to submit your sample?
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Francis Appoh, Manager
Phone: 807-343-8853
For more information, check out our technical bulletin on rare earth elements.

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