The National Centre for Isotope Geochemistry (NCIG) is a world-class analytical asset facilitating inter-disciplinary research by iCRAG partner institutions with industrial partners and government agencies engaged in applied geoscience research. NCIG is co-located at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. The Centre’s enabling research is being used to develop and test analytical and sample preparation methods which are being used across the challenge-based research areas in iCRAG.
Our geochemistry research is building upon a strong track record of analytical innovation in sedimentary provenance and ore-related research, and will achieve world-class analytical precision and reliability of selected isotope ratio and trace element analytical methods. Furthermore, iCRAG researchers are developing methods for efficient disaggregation and petrographic characterisation of rock samples (ores, reservoir sandstones etc.) prior to chemical and isotopic analysis.
Research activities are focussed on the following areas:
- Optimising sedimentary provenance sampling strategies
- Evaluation of new analytical methods for sediment provenance studies
- Developing new analytical methods for metal ore research
- New low contamination methods for analysis of groundwater
- Method development in chemical fingerprinting and laser-ablation analysis - Gary O'Sullivan
- Development of Re-Os and HSE analytical facilities (NCIG Platform) - Dr David van Acken
- NCIG Platform development - Dr Eszter Badenszki
Further details on the NCIG facility are available on our Facilities webpage