The Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility (EIMF) is the only laboratory supporting the UK’s Earth and Environmental Science community providing access to high resolution, high precision chemical and isotopic analysis using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) for a wide range of natural and synthetic materials. The principal purpose and goal of the EIMF is to provide high quality, high spatial resolution chemical and isotopic microanalysis of natural and synthetic solids to NERC qualified researchers in order to facilitate and underpin internationally competitive and world-leading research in the Earth and Environmental sciences. Its specific aims are: 1) to provide SIMS micro-analytical facilities to the environmental sciences in support of their research which will enhance the competitiveness of the research of UK environmental scientists in both the academic and industrial spheres. 2) to undertake research and development which is of direct benefit to, or to meet the future needs of, environmental research. 3) to promote the awareness, application and technology of SIMS techniques and to disseminate this to the wider scientific community. 4) to provide training and promote good practice in the use of the SIMS technique. 5) to provide the required user support to the community. 6) to operate appropriate procedures to enable access to the Facility to ensure that only the best science is supported via peer review of the quality and relevance of applications. 7) to continually innovate and develop new techniques in response to the changing demands of the community.
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