Manitoba Mineral Analytical Facility and Laboratory for Applied Research in Resource Geology

Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
What the facility does

Ore mineralogy, chemistry, characterization, imaging, genesis and exploration; petroleum science, 3D stratigraphy

Areas of expertise

These two facilities provide state-of-the-art petrographic, chemical analytical and microimaging services for the minerals, mining and petroleum sectors, including applied research, exploration and development.

Research services

3D stratigraphy, reservoir characterization, mineral deposits genesis and modeling, hydrothermal alteration studies, mineral exploration and development, topographic and compositional imaging for minerals/ fossils and other materials, ore characterization and metal distributions, mineral and metallurgical characterization/ concentrate and tailings characterization

Sectors of application
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Specialized lab



Laboratory for Applied Research in Resource Geology

Petrographic microscopes

Reflected and transmitted light mineral imaging and analysis


Fluid inclusion apparatus

Ore fluid composition and characterization


Portable X-ray diffractometer plus XRF

Mineral and material identification and chemical characterization


Cathodoluminescence apparatus

Mineral characterization


Printing and imaging facilities



Portable XRF analyzer

Lab and field compositional analysis


Analytical Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory

Secondary electron (topographic) and backscattered electron (compositional) imaging, quantitative mineral and metallurgical characterization and mineral or material chemical analysis

  X-ray diffractometer Quantitative phase analysis of polycrystalline materials     


Lapidary Laboratory

Polished and regular thin sections, polished grain mounts and other sample preparation techniques

  • Geological Survey of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)
  • Northwest Territories Geoscience Office
  • Manitoba Geological Survey
  • Numerous industrial partners