Provide best practice analytical services for investigating biological interaction with the earth, and the record of this in soils, sediments and rocks.
Analytical services for petroleum geochemistry, palaeoclimatology, soil geochemistry, mineralogy, sedimentary geochemistry, environmental research and biofuel analysis.
Now offering commercial analyses for the oil & gas industry. Commercial clients include Santos, Central Petroleum, Imperial Oil & Gas, PetroFrontier, Statoil and DSD (SA).
Advantages of our commercial services
- Industry quality and standard analysis
- Rapid response times
- Flexibility in volumes – from single samples to larger numbers
- Value-added services – Subject matter experts can provide evaluation and interpretation of results
- Quality control and standard systems at the University of Adelaide
- Commercially trained laboratory staff
Commercial Services Available
With an extensive suite of rock cutting, crushing, milling and sieving equipment we can offer a range of rock preparations to suit the majority of analytical and imaging requirements
Automated Solvent Extraction Equipment
Thermo Dionex ASE350 with 24 cell capacity
Hydrocarbon extraction from solid matrices. Rapid automated extraction process provides for reliable throughput of samples prior to whole oil or fractionated organic geochemical analyses
Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry & Flame Ionisation Detection
PerkinElmer AxION iQT GC-MS-MS with Cold EI capability and two quadrupole single mass resolution GC-MS instruments (PerkinElmer Clarus 580 & HP5973); Quantum MSSV injection system. GC-FID capability is also available on our HP6890
Quantitative and qualitative analyses of whole oils and hydrocarbon fractions; oil characterisation and biomarker screening from conventionally solvent extracted samples; thermal extraction and pyrolysis extraction GC-MS allowing excellent source–oil correlation capabilities
Source Rock Analyses
Weatherford Laboratories SRA TPH Workstation
Rock-eval equivalent total hydrocarbon potential (TPH) analysis. This allows analysis of the S1 & S2 hydrocarbon fractions and collection of TMax & Rocalc maturity data key to understanding source rock potential
Bruker D8 Advance XRD
Mineral phase determination of whole rock and clay separate fractions; qualitative and quantitative analyses on whole rock samples in addition to clay mineral phase distribution, allowing greater understanding for source rock and seal characterisation, especially helpful in determining the frackability of unconventional resources
Perkin Elmer 2400 Series II Elemental Analyser
Bulk elemental concentrations from whole rock samples for C, H, N, S & O; The total carbon concentration of a sample are also utilised to calculate the total organic carbon (TOC) concentration by back-subtraction of inorganic carbon from carbonate phases
Size Distribution Analyses
CPS Disc Centrifuge
Nanometer to micrometer size distribution of particulate phases
Sample Submissions & Pricing
University of Adelaide Stable Isotope Facility
- Equipment: Nu Instruments Horizon IRMS systems; EA & high temp furnace
- Analysis: C, N, S & O isotope analyses; carbonate analysis ideal for use in chemostratigraphic correlations; bulk C, N, S & O and silica based O stable isotope investigations.
- University of Adelaide Isotope Geochemistry Facility
Adelaide Microscopy offers access to a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis. Services include SEM imaging to sub-micron scaled resolution, mineral mapping, trace element analyses by ICP-MS and Zr dating by laser ablation ICP-MS. See the full range of services on their website.
|Dr Tony Hall
15+ years in commercial laboratories, previously the Technical Director & Laboratory Manager of Hall Analytical Laboratories Ltd (UK) a GLP, UKAS & ISO accredited facility. Led development, validation and implementation of standard operating procedures. Method development in the environmental, pharmaceutical, industrial and chemical processing fields as well as conducting geochemical and archaeological research.
|A/Prof David McKirdy
One of Australia’s most respected organic and petroleum geochemists. With nearly half a century of experience focusing predominantly on Australian petroleum systems, Dr McKirdy is available for generating comprehensive interpretive reports.
Sprigg Geobiology Centre Biogeochemistry Facility
Department of Earth Sciences, Mawson Laboratories
North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005
Ph: +61 8 8313 5326