Service: Semi-quantative phase analysis

You might be interested in this service if you:
  • represent a mineral exploration company,
  • are a prospector,
  • are a geologist, or
  • work for a chemicals company.
Semi-quantitative phase analysis of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks using x-ray powder diffraction techniques provides exploration companies and prospectors fast, cost-effective results over other methods such as petrography. Often times this technique is a useful pre-screen of samples, allowing for an assessment of the initial results of each sample before more expensive, time consuming techniques are applied.  
Results can be compiled in as little as 2-4 days. Note: This is a non-destructive technique- if you would like your samples returned, just ask! 
More Information on Semi-quantative phase analysis
Where samples typically come from
  • mines
  • pit quarries
  • prospector claims
How you need to prepare the sample before submission. Instructions on sample submission
Send or drop off a small rock 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 mineralogist compiles a short report on the phase composition of your sample, along with semi-quantitative results. 
Some clients' problems we've solved...
  • A prospector wanted to get a better understanding of the minerals found on his claim. Utilizing XRD we determined that the prospector had some minerals that could be of economic value, strengthening his case to sell his claim to an exploration company. 
Have questions about this service?
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Ready to submit your sample?
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Andrew Conly, Director, LUMINX
Phone: 807-343-8643

LUCAS Lakehead University