Our Research Facilities

From sophisticated laboratories and resources we have everything you need to complete your research or education.

  • Central Teaching Hub (CTH) - The Environmental Sciences Laboratory within the CTH has been developed for flexible learning within the areas of geology, geography, geophysics, oceanography and ecology.

  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory – EBSD-SEM - (Nicholson Building) Offers cutting edge technology and expertise in electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) in the scanning electron microscope (SEM). EBSD and EDS are applied to numerous different disciplines at the forefront of research. The Electron Microscopy laboratory comprises a Philips XL30 tungsten filament SEM and a CamScan X500 CrystalProbe field emission gun (FEG) SEM.

  • Volcanology Laboratories (Jane Herdman Building). The Volcanology research group at the University of Liverpool is an innovative and interdisciplinary volcanology team, aiming to constrain fundamental magmatic and volcanic processes, actively integrating field investigations, volcano monitoring and pioneering experimental studies to provide an answer to the signals that accompany magma transport and its eruptions onto the Earth’s surface.

  • Geographical Information Centre - (Roxby Building). There are 10 workstations in the GIS suite which is devoted to GIS and advanced statistics. There is also a Digitisation Suite which contains a large format roller scanner (Cougart x36), an A3 flatbed scanner, an A0 digitising tablet, two A3 colour printers and a server.

  • Geomagnetism Laboratory - (Oliver Lodge Laboratory) Has state-of-the art technology and expertise and a wide scope of research interests in Palaeo-, Geo- and Archaeomagnetism.

  • Lifer Laboratory (Nicholson Building). The Liverpool Isotope Facility for Environmental Research (LIFER) was established in 2010 and contains state-of-the-art instrumentation for the analysis of stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen in solid, liquid and gaseous organic and inorganic chemicals. The mine of information stored in these chemicals lead to this branch of stable isotope geochemistry being a valuable tool in geology, oceanography, marine ecology, palaeoceanography and palaeolimnology, archaeology and the life sciences.

  • Quaternary Environmental Change Laboratory - (Roxby Building) - Our facilities allow a wide range of analytical, sampling and survey techniques across environmental change research, includingequipment and expertise for high resolution site investigations and topographical survey; sampling sediments and soil sequences (including open water lakes) ; geochronological analysis (the Liverpool OSL laboratory); environmental chemistry (µXRF scanning, XRF and AAS), particle size and shape analysis, organic content and composition (FTIR and TGA/DSC) and mineralology (FTIR, UV/VIS DRS); environmental magnetic analyses; palaeoecology (pollen, diatoms, dinoflagellates); and a hydraulic flow facility.

  • Rock deformation laboratory - (Jane Herdman Building). Research in fault zone permeability structure, earthquake nucleation in faults such as the San Andreas and characterisation of hydrocarbon reservoir fluid flow properties.