Scanning Electron Microscopy

ServicesScanning Electron Microscopy

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

Townend Mineralogy Laboratory has access to a Philips SEM and ZEISS SEM field emission instrument.

It is particularly useful for:

  • Locating very fine high atomic number minerals such as gold, uranium, tantalum, copper minerals in tails. 
  • Elemental maps of ore samples – For example Aluminium, Silicon and Iron elemental maps of iron ore (particularly oolitic) samples. 
  • High resolution images of rock matrices/pores at the sub-micron scale.
  • Chemical identification of non-stoichiometric phases.
  • Deleterious elements in ore minerals.   For example vanadium and titanium in magnetite.  

For further information about our Scanning Electron Microscopy services, email or phone (08) 9248 1674.