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About the Aarhus Geochemistry and Isotope Research Platform

The Aarhus Geochemistry and Isotope Research (AGIR) Platform engages in innovative and collaborative research across the natural sciences requiring precise and accurate determination of the chemical and isotopic compositions of geological, archeological, biological, environmental, and material science samples to elucidate their composition, origin, and evolution. The AGIR Platform instrumentation includes (i) the Nu Plasma II multi-collector ICP-MS for high-precision isotope ratio measurements, (ii) the Agilent 7900 quadrupole ICP-MS for determination of trace element abundances, (iii) the Resonetics Resolution 193 nm laser coupled to either (or both) ICP-MS for in situ analysis, (iv) the Bruker M4 Tornado micro-X-ray fluorescence spectrometer for 2D chemical mapping, (v) the JEOL electron microprobe for quantitative chemical WDS/EDS analysis and (vi) the Picotrace ultra low particulate, metal-free clean laboratory for sample digestion and elemental purification, in addition to supporting optical microscopy and sample preparation facilities.

The AGIR staff invests heavily in method development and refinement of new and cutting-edge techniques in chemical and isotopic analysis. Collaborative research is encouraged, including project design, analysis, data interpretation, and synthesis leading to co-authorship. This level of engagement ensures higher quality results and project outcomes. Contract work will be undertaken only under special circumstances.

The AGIR Platform is located in the Department of Geoscience within the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Aarhus University.