Academic Geoscience Research

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology

The study of past environments, climate and life requires detailed investigations of geologic materials. Bruker’s spatial geochemistry tools provide new ways to elucidate minerals, textures and sedimentary structures that will revolutionize your processes of scientific discovery.

Introduction

Empowering Innovative Sedimentology and Paleobiology

Sedimentary rocks record the history of earth and are important sources of hydrocarbons and fresh water. Bruker provides analytical instrumentation that empowers sedimentologic investigators with the tools to analyze the chemical and mineral composition sedimentary rocks, as well as sedimentary structures, porosity, permeability, fossils, textures, and alteration features. Bruker’s instruments are well-established parts of the sedimentology and geochemist’s toolkits, with new instruments and approaches being introduced to drive new directions in research. Bruker is committed to the success of users and partners with scientists to innovate in exploring sedimentary rocks and what they tell of earth’s past life, climate and environments.

Chemical and Mineral Mapping

Chemical and Mineral Mapping

Take sedimentary petrology to the next level with chemical and mineral mapping.

The analytical technologies that underpin sedimentary petrology continue to innovate as the focus of research has shifted from the descriptive to considerations of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Recent advances in chemical imaging have empowered workers with cross-functional tools to elucidate the processes of deposition, lithification, and diagenesis. For example: 

  • Automation and high-speed analysis enable chemical mapping to become a routine part of the petrology workflow including mathematical textural analysis  

  • Chemical mapping is data-rich with thousands or millions of data points, allowing big-data analysis and the transformation of images into datasets that can be subjected to statistical analysis  

  • Data driven classification methods, such as cluster analysis and lithotyping, can remove subjectivity and allow for the comparison of datasets  

  • Chemical and mineral mapping can make hidden structures visible and provide information on chemical properties of sedimentary and biological structures

Three-Dimensional Analysis

Three-Dimensional Analysis

One of the persistent biases in geology is that most sources of information, from geologic maps to thin sections, are two-dimensional representations of a three-dimensional world. Bruker helps workers overcome and understand this with 3D X-Ray Microscopy (XRM) and software solutions for 3D EDS and EBSD mapping. These 3D technologies enable three-dimensional mapping of grains, porosity and permeability, as well as other physical or chemical attributes.

Learn More

Webinars on Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology

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July 8, 2020

Seeing the world through other eyes

Scanning micro-XRF has developed into a highly informative analytical tool for the study of complex samples across multiple disciplines.
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September 22, 2020

High-Speed Particle Analysis Using Feature in the ESPRIT Software

The automated feature analysis combines the ability to quickly perform a morphological characterization with chemical analysis.
Multiscale in-situ non-destructive micro-XRF scanning analysis
May 19, 2020

Multiscale in-situ non-destructive micro-XRF scanning analysis

The micro-analysis of geological samples is common practice to obtain valuable information, for example in mineral exploration and process mineralogy.
Analytical SEM Solutions for Geology - Part I
August 13, 2019

Analytical SEM Solutions for Geology - Part I

Join us for a webinar in two parts covering various aspects of scanning electron microscopy techniques (EDS, EBSD, CL) for geological applications.
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September 10, 2019

Analytical SEM Solutions for Geology - Part II

Join the second part of this free webinar dealing with scanning electron microscopy techniques (EBSD, CL) for geological applications.
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May 16, 2019

Explore Micro-XRF in the Geosciences

Explore the exciting world of micro-XRF for Geology and get questions on the method answered by leading Micro-XRF experts.
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April 25, 2019

Advanced Element Analysis of Geological Samples using QUANTAX WDS for SEM

Advantages of WDS for SEM for the analyses of geological samples.
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March 14, 2019

Large Area High Resolution Maps of Geological Samples

In this webinar we present Hypermap analyses of geological samples relevant to various applications, e.g. economic geology, mineralogy etc.
Infrared and Raman Analysis of Geological Samples
November 9, 2018

Infrared and Raman Analysis of Geological Samples

Should I Lick my Crystal?
June 22, 2017

Should I Lick my Crystal?

Mineral identification in 5 minutes.
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June 15, 2017

Latest advances in identifying mineral composition variation by the M4 TORNADO AMICS

The new M4 TORNADOAMICS spectrometer allows the creation of mineral maps from spatially resolved X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) signals.
AMICS
Dec 15, 2016

AMICS — The Latest Software Package for Automated Identification and Quantification of Minerals and Synthetic Phases

The Advanced Mineral Identification and Characterization System (AMICS) is the latest software package for automated identification and quantification of minerals and synthetic phases. The key of this package lies in its innovative imaging and analysis software capabilities.