Academic Staff Member
North Wing – Room N340
The laboratory is primarily equipped for acid preparation of microfossils, including acetic, hydrofluoric and nitric acids. Acetic acid is used for digestion of carbonates (primarily Cambrian phosphatic microfossils), while hydrofluoric acid is employed mostly for palynological extraction and etching of siliceous material. In association with this latter technique are a variety of ancillary facilities that utilise nitric acid and other corrosive chemicals.
The acetic acid technique is relatively benign, but expert tuition in the use of hydrofluoric acid and other procedures is essential and should be recorded in the Personal Training Record. Great care must also be taken to avoid contamination of sieves and other equipment.