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Geochemical and X-Ray Laboratory

Maria Manuela da Vinha Silva
Coordinator of the Geochemical and X-Ray Lab
João António Mendes Serra Pratas
Coordinator of the Geochemical and X-Ray Lab

Chemical Laboratory of the Department of Earth Sciences (DCT) of FCTUC aims to support the activities of an experimental nature integrated in the master's and doctoral courses taught or supported by the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra, allowing, at the same time, the scientific research of DCT professors, serving as a basis for the launch of several research projects with external funding.

Despite its strong didactic nature, it also makes it possible to provide services abroad with the preparation of technical reports and opinions requested by companies, institutions or the community in general.

The areas of work for which it is dedicated are related to the quantitative chemical analysis of water, soil, rocks, ores and biological material (vegetable and animal).

Services provision

  • Chemical analysis of trace elements in different materials (soils, waters, rocks, biological material, ores)Laboratory tests that include:
    • Mineralometric analysis of pan concentrates;
    • Field surveys and sampling for characterization of contamination.;
    • Consultancy;
    • Technical opinions and reports; e
    • Projects.


  • Precision balances and others;
  • Water bath and sand bath;
  • Conductivity meters;
  • Ion chromatograph;
  • Water demineralizer;
  • Microwave sample digester;
  • UV-Visible Spectrophotometry Equipment;
  • Graphite Chamber Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (GFAAS);
  • Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS);
  • Hydride Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (HGAAS);
  • ICP-OES spectrometer; fluorimeter;
  • “Hotts”;
  • Multiparameter meter;
  • Eh meters;
  • Dissolved oxygen meters;
  • Benchtop and portable pH meters;
  • Sample preparation mills;
  • Prototypes for static and dynamic phytoremediation decontamination assays;
  • System for obtaining ultrapure water;
  • Vacuum water filtration system;
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