The School of Science boasts a number of world-class facilities for staff, students and external parties alike. See below for an indication of the available services or alternatively, you can:
Earth Sciences Services
Earth Sciences offers a number of services to businesses, organisations and individuals at competitive prices. Specialised field sampling and state-of-the-art measurement and monitoring technology are complemented by modern laboratory and computing facilities. Some of the available facilities/services include:
- Mastersizer 2000 - measures particles between the sizes 0.06 and 2000 micrometers. Email Annette Rodgersor phone +64 7 858 5107
- X-Ray Fluorescence - measures the composition of earth materials (rocks, sand, soils) for major and trace elements by XRF.
- X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) - determination of very fine grained minerals not identifiable by petrographic microscope. Email Ganqing Xu or Annette Rodgers, or phone +64 7 858 5166.
- Thin Section Petrography - standard, polished for reflected light and petrographic description. Email Renat Radosinsky or phone +64 7 858 5131.
Please also refer to the Coastal Marine Group facilities.
Shallow Water Mapping
The School's Coastal Marine Group (CMG) has more than 30 years’ experience in state-of-the-art sampling, measurement and monitoring of shallow water environments. Our strength lies in applying coastal research to real-world issues – providing a scientific basis for resource management from environmental policy to engineering works. Our equipment is customised for use in small survey vessels supporting a range of mapping requirements in offshore and inland locations, particularly in coastal and shallow waters. Our multidisciplinary team can tailor its services to meet research and commercial needs.
Stable Isotype Research Facilities
The Waikato Stable Isotope Unit (WSIU) offers precision analyses of isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in biological, geological, and chemical materials by isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Isotopic abundance analysis is carried out on two fully automated Europa Scientific 20/20 isotope analysers. Materials may be submitted as solids, liquids, or gases, for example, for breath analyses. Precision analyses of carbon and nitrogen content in solid or liquid samples are also provided with a LECO TruSpec Carbon/Nitrogen Determinator fitted with an autosampler for liquids.
The WSIU provides commercial analyses and also services the needs of scientists at the University of Waikato and their collaborators, promoting the use of stable isotopes in all branches of research. Staff are highly experienced in the use of stable isotopes, both natural abundance and enriched tracers, particularly in biological and environmental research. In 2006 the WSIU was accredited by the International Atomic Energy Agency for analyses of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) content and isotopes 13C and 15N in plant materials.
Stable Isotope Geochemistry at the University of Waikato is carried out in a separate facility within Earth Sciences. Measurements of stable oxygen and carbon isotope ratios in carbonates are made with an automated Europa Scientific Penta 20/20 isotope ratio mass spectrometer with CAPS preparation system. Determinations on prepared CO2 can also be performed.
Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
The Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory is a research facility undertaking both Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Dating (AMS) and standard radiometric radiocarbon dating. The facility is an independent unit within the School of Science and has been operating for more than 25 years. It is funded by external commercial customers and research grants, and is used to support radiocarbon dating and School of Science research programmes. Staff in the unit are actively involved in palaeoclimate and archaeological research and have a leading role in international calibration programmes.