Earth Materials Analysis Facilities

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
What the facility does

Characterization of minerals in relation to geochemical and environmental processes

Areas of expertise

The Earth Materials Analysis Facilities provide a seamless and increasingly comprehensive environment for the complete characterization of Earth materials. Earth materials are often analyzed by several techniques. Current research under way in the facility includes: (1) quantification of element and isotopic fractionation in mineralized tissues; (2) the use of element and isotopic partitioning between minerals and fluids to understand fluids in the environment, and (3) measurementof small-scale redox conditions in minerals and mineral stability.

Research services

Analysis of trace elements in materials (typically to the ppb range), analysis of isotopic ratios in materials (traditional, non-traditional and radiogenic)

Sectors of application
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries
  • Utilities



Femtosecond laser

Analysis of small, micron-scale features in minerals

Mossbauer system

Measurement of valence states of elements

Cryostream 700

Crystallographic and spectroscopic measurements at low-T conditions


Trace element, light element and isotopic analysis.

  • Aarhus University
  • Greenland Institute for Natural Resources
  • East Carolina State University
  • Yukon College
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Stantec