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The Department of Geological Sciences houses a wide array of research facilities in Penny Hall, as well as the adjacent ISE Lab (Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory) building, and the nearby Delaware Biotechnology Institute.  Department members have access to state-of-the-art facilities housed in the ISE Lab, including the Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory and the Keck Electron Microscopy Facility. Penny Hall is also adjacent to the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) building, and most DGS scientists hold secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Geological Sciences.  Penny Hall also houses the University’s Mineralogical Museum and several teaching laboratories.

Research facilities in Penny Hall include low-temperature geochemistry research laboratories for experimental and analytical studies; an Asylum Research “Cypher” atomic-force microscope for studies of mineral-water interface processes; radiogeochemistry research laboratories containing multiple alpha- and gamma-spectrometry systems for measurement of environmental radionuclides; computational facilities for numerical modeling of groundwater flow systems and nanogeochemical processes; sample processing laboratories for water, sediment, and rock; and workshops for building and testing gear for field work.

Departmental facilities in the ISE Lab building include: (1) a geomicrobiology laboratory with capabilities for culturing, biochemical measurements, voltammetry, and optical/fluorescence microscopy, and (2) a stable isotope mass spectrometry facility including a Thermo Delta Plus XL dual-inlet isotope-ratio mass spectrometer interfaced in continuous flow mode with a HP-6890 GC, a Carlo Erba NC-2500 elemental analyzer, and a Gas-Bench automated reactor with headspace sampler.  A new Thermo-Fisher Delta V Plus isotope-ratio mass spectrometer is anticipated for delivery in summer 2015, and it will include GC and GC-MS interfaces.  The stable isotope facility also includes additional GCs and a SRS-200 quadrupole mass spectrometer for bulk gas analysis, as well as comprehensive capabilities for sample preparation for a range of stable isotopic analyses.

Other specialized field equipment includes a CHIRP sonar system for coastal research; and ground-penetrating radar and seismograph systems for near-surface geophysics investigations.

Faculty within the department also have access to additional facilities through their collaboration with joint faculty colleagues, such as an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle); a terrestrial LIDAR system; and the coastal research vessel Hugh R. Sharp.

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Department of Geological Sciences
103 Penny Hall
255 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19716

Dept. Office: (302) 831-2569

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